Table Talk at Home has reopened under its new owners, months after its previous owners sold the trade name to their longtime employees Adam Hatfield and Morgan Trevers and to long-term customer Bill Raywinkle.
The former owners were Bob and Dale Mayerfeld, whose several stores operated under the shorter name Table Talk. Only one of the stores, at 7876 N. Oracle Road, is reopening after the others closed earlier this year.
Hatfield and Trevers were both part of the opening crew at that store at Oracle and Magee roads. The third partner, Raywinkle, joined their team to start a second career. He got to see the store reopen on May 12, but died of a heart attack shortly after, on May 23.
“He loved Table Talk,” Hatfield said. “Most of his home was filled with Table Talk.”
Hatfield and Trevers say they’re doing what they can to continue the Table Talk legacy.
Stocking the store has been slow going, even though it continues to get new shipments every day.
To help manage costs, the owners are buying products in stages, ordering what customers ask for and items they find themselves. “Every dollar counts, so we’re trying to balance operational, marketing and advertising funds with product,” Hatfield said.
Hatfield said they are trying to get back to the classic Table Talk where customers could “find a variety of things,” such as furniture, gifts and gourmet kitchen items.
“We’re stepping up the game a little bit in the kitchenware section,” Hatfield said. The duo are tailoring the inventory to get gadgets that are “a little more design-oriented, but actually do things.” For example, Hatfield said he found a chopper that doesn’t have metal blades but takes only a few seconds to mince four or five cloves of garlic. “We’re looking for tools that actually save you time.”
Table Talk at Home’s 6,500-square-foot store is about 30 percent full of inventory now and will be fully stocked by October, when the winter visitors return, he said. The store will have an official grand opening celebration then, but it’s open now. If customers are looking for something specific, it can be special-ordered.
“We wanted our locals to know we are here and will be here,” Hatfield said. “We’re locals too, so we wanted them to have the opportunity to ask for things, so we can do a little bit of direct buying that way.”