Bobby and Jackie Nash, owners of Uncle Bob’s Trading Post and Guest Loft, are from the Deep South as their accents indicate, but their hearts are now in Guthrie. They love both the history and the people who live here.
“How we got here in the first place was from my job, Tactical Oilfield Products, which was a leap of faith. My background had always been in grocery sales prior until I started this job. One thing led to another and after seven months of living here and Jackie living in Virginia we moved to Perkins,” Bobby explained. “I’m on the road non-stop and our family is 1,000 miles away [two kids and four grandchildren]. Jackie liked antiquing so started coming to Guthrie.”
The Nashs leased the building at 113 W. Oklahoma and began Uncle Bob’s Trading Post five years ago in November. Today, they rent to 14 vendors and each one has a different collection from antiques, Native American jewelry, refurbished furniture, handmade sculptures rustic crafts, healing herb pillows, etc…as well as live in the apartment in the back of the store.
“Originally this [the loft] was an apartment, and Jackie always wanted to convert it to a guest loft. She visited with a lady who owned a couple bed and breakfasts and joined The Guthrie Bed and Breakfast Association. They went to a couple of meetings and decided to make this into a loft,” Jackie said.
Uncle Bob’s Guest Loft isn’t a bed and breakfast. It’s a 980-square-foot guest loft that includes room to sleep four people with one king bed and two twin beds, living room area and a full kitchen and bathroom. It’s the perfect place to lodge and enjoy what Guthrie has to offer.
Jackie stated, “I want people to enjoy themselves. I want them to come to Guthrie for a week or two weeks and just enjoy the town.”
Bobby was a history major, so the history of Guthrie is of great interest to him. Both he and Jackie have spent time learning about the history and often share it with visitors.
“In 1908 the main building was just a wooden building without the upstairs. It was a harness and tack shop,” Jackie described. “When Mike Cassidy bought it, he bricked and added the upstairs. Women’s furnishings were downstairs with women’s lingerie upstairs, (the lingerie was upstairs because at that time men were not supposed to view women’s undergarments.) Then we heard the upstairs was a doctor’s office and a dentist office, and a shoe store downstairs (Kennemer Shoes). It’s also been a jewelry store and florist shop, and many other stores over the past century.”
Both Bobby and Jackie agree they love how genuine the people are who live here as it reminds them where they grew up. They invite everyone to visit them at Uncle Bob’s Trading Post Tuesdays through Sunday and experience the exquisite antiques and unique items as well as tour the guest loft. You can also find out more information by visiting their website at www.unclebobstradingpostandguestloft.com.