Why Shop with Us Instead of a Mass Merchant?
In two words, it is the "special care" that we as a family-owned business provide. Mass merchants with their call centers in other countries and their lack of product knowledge (because they've never seen what they are selling) simply cannot compare. It all starts with our selection of only quality items by our merchandising team. Next, it extends to our knowledgeable customer service specialists and gift experts who can, quite literally, go pick most products off of our on-site warehouse shelves to give you the full details if you have questions. Finally, our team in the warehouse carefully hand packs your order immediately after you place it instead of your order being thrown into some mass operation tossed around by a machine.
One of the many ways we actively give back to the community.
Our humble beginnings... Originally started in 2001, we are a true homegrown business that was built and is staffed by people who use the products and know the product line, and each new product we carry is still hand selected by the original founder, Keith Winter, for uniqueness, function, quality, and value. We are still true to our roots, and you can rest assured that every dollar you spend with us goes to a family-owned company, our employees, and to our community; not to some megacorporation.
The HomeWetBar story starts in 2001 with a bar Keith built while in college at Oklahoma State University. Every weekend friends and family would come over and admire his redwood bar complete with a see-through bottle cap top, liquor cabinet, refrigerator, and fish tank in the front. Soon people were asking where he got the plans to build it and where they could get them. To this he simply replied, “There is no kit or plans. I made it from scratch.” After countless people asking about the plans, he decided to formally draw the plans up and open a small bar plans site on the internet to sell them; he named it HomeWetBar.com. Throughout the rest of his college career he sold the plans on the internet for extra spending money. A couple of years went by, and he graduated from college with dual degrees in Marketing and MIS, leaving Stillwater to pursue a management training program at a new job in Oklahoma City, OK.
After about a year of the management program, things were going well, and Keith had worked his way up into management while still earning extra money off selling bar plans. Then one evening, inspiration hit. If he could sell over a dozen of these bar plans to people every month, didn't they need accessories too? After all, they were building bars in their homes and would need supplies. He already knew more than most people about bar and wine items. Why couldn't he provide them with supplies too? So he went to work in his spare time, and a few months later in September of 2004, HomeWetBar.com was reborn as a full e-commerce site.
He started slow, only selling a few items out of his closet in his one-bedroom apartment, but he soon needed more space and moved into a two-bedroom apartment. Not long after that he had filled his new “warehouse” (second bedroom) with items, and all of the products and boxes soon started overflowing into his living room. Still only working on HomeWetBar.com part-time during the evening and early-morning hours, he realized he no longer could work 60+ hours a week at his main job and then spend his evenings and mornings working his second job at HomeWetBar.com. He knew he had to make a decision. So he took the leap and left his management position with his full-time employer and went to work on HomeWetBar.com full time. A few months later, he moved the business to a 2,800-sq. ft warehouse, where the business really took off. Shortly thereafter he found himself hiring new team members to help with orders, customer service, and the day-to-day operations, all the while adding hundreds of new products. Then, in 2008 HomeWetBar outgrew that warehouse and moved into a larger 7,500 sq ft. warehouse, but that location was quickly filled up as well.
Finally in 2012 a new facility was located. Based in the heart of Oklahoma City at 425 E Hill Street, our newly renovated facility spans 32,000 sq. ft. and was originally built in the 1950s. Renovations on the warehouse and office were completed in the fall of 2012 and it is where the business continues to grow today, fueled by the passion Keith and his team members have for finding new, innovative home entertaining products and their dedication to treating each customer like family.
Why Else Should I Shop With You?
If the fact that you are supporting a family-owned business run by people just like you is not enough, rest assured we 100% guarantee you are going to love every gift you receive from us. What that means for you is worry-free shopping. If any item you receive is defective, broken, or not of high quality, let us know immediately and we will refund the purchase price or exchange it. For more see our easy returns page. Besides our 100% satisfaction guarantee, here are just a few more reasons why you are going to love shopping with us.
Extraordinary Customer Service See for yourself! Look at what our customers have been saying. We pride ourselves in providing the very best customer service. In fact, unlike mass merchants who claim to have the product but really have call centers in other countries (with reps that have never even seen the product), we can, quite literally, go pick most products off our on-site warehouse shelves to give you the full details if you have questions; just ask! Need to exchange or return an item? No problem! Just use our handy Contact Us form to send us your questions and we will promptly reply with an answer and a smile.
Safe Shopping Guaranteed Our top goal is your security and privacy. That is why we do not store credit card information, and all transactions are encrypted with the highest levels of security by VeriSign, the nation's largest secure certificate company. Additionally, we are independently audited by AlertSite for security. You can verify this at any time by clicking on the VeriSign Secured or AlertSite logo on the bottom of our page so you know your information is safe with us. For more details visit our Privacy Protection & Security Notice page.
Unique Items We pride ourselves in finding unique entertainment items that you, your family, and your friends can enjoy for years to come. If it does not meet our quality standards it is discontinued and we stop carrying it, bottom line. Try finding a mass merchant willing to say that! Found an item you think we should carry? We are always eager to hear from you. Just visit our Contact Us page and let us know what you want to see more of on our site!
Free Gift Messages Have a special gift message you want to share? Then do it! On all orders you can enter a free gift message to be included with the package (special order items excluded). Just enter your message in the comment box during checkout, and your gift message will be printed directly on a gift receipt without item prices for your recipient.
Easy Returns Whether you buy the item for yourself or for a gift, returns are easy! Just click on the item you want to return in your order history and we will reply promptly to schedule your return. It's just that easy! Plus you get a full 30 days to return any item, so you have plenty of time to decide if that item is right for you after it arrives! For more details visit our Easy Returns page.
Our Goal Our goal is to create a unique destination providing great items for leisure and everyday life; we want to be the first place you come to when you are searching for great home entertainment items and for unique gift ideas. We, like many of you, have searched for those perfect items for hours to no avail, and that is why we created this web site and company, because we know others share our passion for upscale entertaining and unique gifts that are just plain fun!
We hope you enjoy shopping our unique selection of gifts and that you get as much joy from shopping our web site as we did in creating it. Welcome to the HomeWetBar, where your complete satisfaction is 100% guaranteed.
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