When Tina Fausett returned from a decade or so living in New Orleans, she brought with her a delicious Cajun sweet pickle recipe and a handful of French antiques. She manages to meld the two interests in her new retail store, Les Debris along Automobile Alley.
The “addictive” pickles persuaded Victoria Holland, a family friend, to begin marketing the product.
It was the first time she'd seen people “fall in love with a product,” she said.
A Made in Oklahoma-themed room in the store (and separate website) showcases the pickles, which are manufactured locally, and other edibles like Split-T Theta Hickory Sauce, Suan's Scotch Bonnet Pepper Jelly and Apple Envy candied apples.
Antiques are the main attraction. Items range from $5 to $50,000.
“You're probably not going to find all the pieces for your house at our store, but you'll find that one piece that makes the room,” Holland said.
Fausett's favorites are a Boulle desk and buffet and a very unusual porcelain French plateau.
The store also has professional artwork for sale and is working to promote local artists through art openings and charity events.
About the company
• Address: 7 NE 10
• Opened: May 3
• Website: www.lesdebris.com and www.hot
• Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday; closed Sunday
• Employees: 6
• Owner: Tina