Business Partners Find New Opportunity After Financial Hardship

Sunday, September 20th 2020, 10:56 pm

By: Hunter McKee


Two business owners impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic are exploring a new adventure this fall. This week marks the grand opening of Hillbilly Haven, an outdoor family fun farm located at the intersection of Coltrane and Wilshire.

Nick Henthorn and Scott Hill co-own Phoenix Oil and Gas in Edmond, but they say business has been tough due to COVID-19.

“We’ve been trying to drum up business,” Henthorn said. “Trying to earn a check.”

With time on their hands, they put their heads together and created a place for family and friends.

“We’ve been out here every single day,” Henthorn said. “Morning to night, doing our very best trying to make it as nice and clean as possible.”

From pumpkin sales to pony rides, Hill said Hillbilly Haven has something for the whole family to enjoy.

They had been looking for an alternative until Henthorn received a phone call from Hill.

“(I) called Nick and said, ‘Hey, got some land that some family members own. Let’s try to put a pumpkin patch or a fall festival together,’” Hill said.

“I said, ‘Giddy up. Let’s do it, absolutely,’” Henthorn said. “I thought it was the best idea I had heard in a long time.”

They hit the ground running and within a month turned their idea into reality, transforming a field into a pumpkin patch.

Henthorn said while he hopes to turn this fun adventure into a successful business, he’s just enjoying bringing families together.

“Greeting everybody and saying, ‘Hi,’ to everybody,” Henthorn said. “So we’re really grateful to come out here and have the opportunity to come out and do this.”

The festival will remain open through November. For admission prices, go to Hillbilly Haven’s Facebook page.

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