BROKEN BOW–Sonya and Mark Griffith have been welcomed back to the Broken Bow business community with the grand opening of the Rustic Patch.
Sonya is originally from Litchfield and Mark has his roots in Broken Bow. The couple opened the Kearney location of the Rustic Patch in 2015 but is excited to be back in Custer County and join the Broken Bow Chamber of Commerce.
Sonya and Mark are thankful for the support of their staff, family, and friends. Sonya told KCNI/KBBN she has been overwhelmed with love and wants to return that feeling to all customers. She takes pride in her staff and encourages them to treat customers as family.
“We always say when people come into the store we always want them to come in as strangers and leave as friends,” Sonya Griffith said. “You just want a good shopping experience and that’s one thing we usually take to heart.”
Sonya has been doing home crafts for years but then expanded her hobby into a business. She loves to watch people smile as they create and shop for custom signs, home décor, handmade goods, candles, seasonal items, and other unique gift items.
Senator Matt Williams, Lieutenant Governor Mike Foley, Jerad Reimers representing Congressman Adrian Smith, Josh Jelden representing Senator Deb Fischer, and Mrs. Nebraska Adair Moffet-Reese all attended the ribbon cutting at the Rustic Patch located at 315 South 8th Avenue.
“It’s a beautiful community, I’ve been here many, many times and every time I come out here there’s just new vibrancies so congratulations and thank you for taking on this new venture,” Lt. Governor Foley said.
Thursday’s celebration also consisted of a mini family reunion! Adair Moffet-Reese, the reigning Mrs. Nebraska of 2019, and Sonya Griffith are cousins. Reese said she was glad to visit Broken Bow for the special occasion of a new business.
“Wow. For a town of 3,500 I know they’re super proud but they really should be. It’s a complete unicorn community. It’s outstanding–perfect if you want somewhere great to shop with your friends!” Reese said.
While competing in the Mrs. Nebraska Pageant, Reese discussed ADHD awareness and competed in the interview, swimsuit, evening gown, and on-stage question portions of the competition. She was crowned in April and will travel to Las Vegas this August for the nationally-televised Mrs. America Pageant.
Reese said between being judged in a swimsuit and heels and having a teenage daughter, nothing scares her now! Reese said she loves the way people in Nebraska can relate to one another and is anxious to visit as much of the state as possible.
“There’s 93 counties in Nebraska and I want to get to as many as I can. So I’m trying to share with, like I said, eastern Nebraska of how amazing communities like Broken Bow, Ogallala, Lexington all these amazing places are that get skipped over too much. So that’s why I’m here!” Reese said.
The Rustic Patch is open Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.