The Obvious Place, a part of downtown Fairhope for 20 years, has a new owner. Ed and Tommi Werneth recently sold the shop to Kimberely Gehres. The Obvious Place is an upscale art and gift shop located in downtown Fairhope “at the …
The Obvious Place, a part of downtown Fairhope for 20 years, has a new owner. Ed and Tommi Werneth recently sold the shop to Kimberely Gehres. The Obvious Place is an upscale art and gift shop located in downtown Fairhope “at the clock.”
“Ed and Tommy have done a wonderful job for a long time in this shop,” said new owner Gehres, who has a home on Fish River. “I look forward to continuing the tradition of a quality business with local flavor.”
Gehres recently resigned a corporate position to become part of the Fairhope business community.
“I really believe in the future of downtown Fairhope, and I’m enthused about the potential of the area and this business in particular,” said Gehres.
Werneth said that he and his wife, Tommi, who have owned the shop for a decade, will take a break in the routine of daily management.
“I think that Kim Gehres is exactly what this shop needs,” said Werneth. “She’s got lots of energy and lots of good ideas. The shoppers of Fairhope are in for a treat.”
The Werneths, who live in Orange Beach, are planning the next phase of their lives. “I’m considering real estate sales,” said Ed Werneth, “and Tommi has plenty to keep her busy.”
Sunbelt Business Brokers assisted both buyer and seller in the transfer of ownership. “We were delighted to assist in the change of ownership of this important Fairhope landmark,” said William Bruce, Sunbelt senior broker.
“Kim is going to do real well,” he continued. “She understands Fairhope and is extremely customer service oriented. The shop is in good hands.”