Monday, August 9th, 2021 Jeremy & Magen Desnoyers, owners of Magpie Inn, celebrated the one-year anniversary of their beloved bed and breakfast here in Mineral Wells. They gave a tour of Magpie Inn to all the visitors that came to the event to show all the changes and updates they had made over the years.
Bryton + Co. DIY Studio had some of their projects to show at the event as well. They are having their soft opening today (Aug 11th) at 3:30 pm.
Rickhouse Brewing also came to the event to ensure visitors were able to enjoy some of their unique beers while they came to the Magpie. Rickhouse is aiming to officially open as early as October in the Crazy Water Hotel.
In a Q&A session with Jeremy & Magen Desnoyers, we had a few topics we wanted to hear more about with their first year.
How did your first year go?
“Better than we excepted! We didn’t know how opening a business, let alone a lodging business would go during the COVID. What we saw is people still wanted to travel they just wanted to do it in a smaller, safer environment. Things like mobile check-in, in room breakfast, and the overwhelming support of the community made for a very successful first year.”
What was your most challenging moment?
“The reality is we fell in love with and chose a home that is over 110yrs old and that in itself comes with a whole set of challenges. There will always be something that needs repairs or replacing and we are leaning to budget accordingly. Things like the effects of the weather we all experienced in February and current ac troubles both stand out as our biggest challenges. It is something we knew to except with a home of this age and ultimately we enjoy reinvesting back into the business to continue to improve it for future guests, it’s all part of continuing this houses legacy, something we are honored to be able to do!”
What moment over this past year was most memorable?
“Tough question! We have been blessed with the best guests over the past year, but the most memorable…that has to be our ribbon cutting. That was such a symbolic day for me. Surrounded by the community, the ones closest to me (Jeremy, my mom, and Nana.) I don’t have a business degree, we are figuring it out as we go. I am just a normal girl who had a dream and we worked really hard to turn that dream into a reality. We get asked all the time if we are the “innkeepers” . We were innkeepers for several years. It is still mind boggling and we love seeing guests reactions when we now get to respond by saying “owners and Innkeepers”. We still get taken back when we pull into the driveway, sometimes we are just as surprised as our guests, like wow yeah we REALLY do own this place and it’s a dream come true!”
We went on the tour to see the changes and found they have really put some work into Magpie Inn! Here are some photos from our tour.
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