Faye Norton turned over more than a store when she sold her Designer Hardware by Faye to her manager and friend Garvin Boyd this week.
She passed on what turned out to be a life's work.
“What a great journey it has been, building Designer Hardware by Faye over the last 32 years. I cannot imagine my life any different — starting from a young woman as a secretary who had a drive to do more, learn more, and be more, to starting, cultivating and building Designer Hardware by Faye from the ground up,” Norton said in a letter to clients and others announcing the ownership change.
Designer Hardware by Faye is more than a store. The showroom, at 430 W Wilshire Blvd., is for many upscale designers and builders the source for more than 200 brands of decorative home hardware and plumbing fixtures.
Items range from kitchen faucets, sinks and accents, to bathroom sinks, toilets and bidets and shower accessories, to appliance pulls, hooks, switch plates and electrical outlet covers — among many other elements of high-end home design.
The company, at the east edge of Nichols Hills, has long been a supplier and consultant for homes in Nichols Hills, Gaillardia and other upscale neighborhoods.
Norton started the business Jan. 1, 1982, after 11 years of detailing commercial hardware projects.
“When a customer asked her to develop a hardware schedule for his custom multimillion dollar home, Faye's talent resulted in a new vision and business opportunity. Designer Hardware was realized and Oklahoma City was introduced to exquisite decorative hardware and high-end plumbing selections,” the company says on its website, www.designerhardwarebyfaye.com.
Those origins remain the heart of the Designer Hardware by Faye story, especially, perhaps, that part about “new vision and business opportunity.”
New owner Boyd has big plans: He wants to add commercial business to the company's anchor in residential, expand into installation — and open locations in other parts of Oklahoma and neighboring states.
Boyd formed an LLC with a financial partner to buy the company, and Norton is on the LLC's board and continues as a consultant. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.
“Our main thing is to continue the legacy of service that Faye has established,” Boyd said.
Norton said she is leaving her business “in the best hands possible,” and that it was time for her to step aside.
“Over the course of the last three decades I have built not only a business, but a family, a family of employees, vendors and clients. This family has carried me through the years with a loyalty beyond compare,” she said. “While it is all so bittersweet, it is time for me to relax and enjoy life a bit. Building a business is hard work, especially when you're a woman in what has traditionally been considered a man's industry.”