Allan Suzor began repurposing furniture while growing up on a rural farm in Canada. His family polished aging pieces rather than spending money on something new.
“Repurposing was a necessity then,” Suzor says. This resourcefulness stems from Suzor’s time on the farm, during which he learned not to be wasteful and to find a purpose for everything — even beyond a piece’s original intention. “But it got me thinking outside the box.”
Suzor turned his knack for transforming furniture into a path toward U.S. citizenship. On March 14, 2013, Suzor opened The Nest on Cherry Street and gained an investment visa. He now operates The Nest’s Cherry Street and Mother Road Market locations with store manager and Tulsa native Nathan Lane.
Carrying self-described “bro-hemian” home gifts, The Nest turns tool benches into bar carts and pulls pieces together from the scrap wood pile. The Nest “relishes in making the old ‘new’ and the primitive ‘polished,’” Lane says. He and Suzor work to keep their price point down while searching for eclectic pieces.
“It’s very important for us, as consumers too, to provide a price point that everyone can attain,” Lane says.
“Found objects woven together to help create a home,” Suzor says. “That’s what a nest is. That’s what we do.”
In addition to their affordable, industrial farmhouse style, The Nest has gained popularity for its custom-made candles. Lane and Suzor experiment with essential oils and a blend of beeswax and paraffin to create scents that burn for 50-100 hours.
Once the wax burns down, customers can clean and return the jars for a discount on their next candle, saving up to $4. This emphasis on reusable materials saves The Nest and its customers money while creating less waste.
“It’s important to be as eco-conscious as we can,” Lane says.
The Nest also cuts down on shipping waste by buying from local artisans. When its former building was sold for demolition in 2018, the owners fought to remain on Cherry Street among the community of small businesses that support one another. After 11 months of construction, Suzor, Lane and their shop dogs, Bash and Vinnie, are back on Cherry Street to stay.
“This is our neighborhood,” Lane says. “These are our people. They support us.”
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