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HVR was created in 2011 after Angela Haley moved to Pensacola from Austin by way of her husband’s job with the Air Force. Her background was in weddings & events, and what began as a collection of unique pieces to sell in local antique stores quickly turned into a storage unit full of rental options for local and destination brides, photographers and party throwers of all sorts. Since then, the Hemstitch inventory has been carefully curated, filling our warehouse in downtown Pensacola to the brim.
After five years and being a part of over 250 weddings, parties, and events + more photo shoots and non-profit events to even keep track of, Angela was beyond thrilled to pass the torch of ownership on to lifelong Northwest Florida natives, Sam & Heather Nelson. The couple is ecstatic to carry on the business offering the Emerald Coast a unique approach to wedding, event, and photography prop and decor rentals. Vintage may be part of our name, but know that we are so much more… boutique, eclectic, boho, modern, chic, rustic, coastal, and southern to boot.
Who Are The Owners?
Sam and Heather were both born and raised on the Gulf Coast. They have four lovely children together. They share a love for their family, church, community, strong coffee, and great food; additionally, for all things old, restored & reinvented, as was evident when they purchased a 1950’s fixer-upper when they were first married. They continue to channel their passion and teamwork through Hemstitch.
With her keen eye and attention to detail, Heather is the backbone of the Hemstitch operation. She is often out and about looking for new treasures while also looking to recreate our own inventory.
Sam is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. After his service in the Coast Guard, Sam returned to the Gulf Coast and worked as a financial services representative for 7 years, during which time he earned his Certified Financial Planner® designation. He continues to work as a CFP for a local firm in Pensacola. As an entrepreneur, his goal is to stimulate real economic growth in our local economy. Sam assists Heather with the day-to-day operations.