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Meet Tybee Tuminello of VaULT in Malakoff

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tybee Tuminello.

Tybee, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
In the spring of 2019, when we were purchasing our lake home, never in a million years did we think would be on the journey we are today. Our first weekend at the lake, we went into the charming town of Malakoff. We had a great time rummaging through Antiques on Royal and browsing all the fun, eclectic items. Our next stop was where our lives changed. From the moment we walked in the door of the old town bank built 1887 I fell in love. The beautiful brick, the original ceilings and of course the bank vault. The idea hit me! We need to open a fun, eclectic home decor boutique in this town and this was the building to do it in. It was right then and there that I knew my days of being in the medspa industry for over 20 years we’re going to be fading out. By the end of the weekend we had the LLC formed and were on our way. With some updates and the much need air conditioning added we had a storefront.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Opening your own business is only going to go as smooth as you make it. Of course, there’s always challenges but you know what, that comes with the territory! We were open for seven months and COVID hit, which actually gave us time to regroup and put her best foot forward. Every day in the life things happen. I just take them as they come and go with it.

VaULT – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
VaULT is a home decor and gift shop. We specialize in eclectic fun one-of-a-kind items and we support our local artisans in the town. VaULT has art from Casey and Rachel Williams, jewelry from Beneath The bark, leather goods from Damien Mitchel and furniture and jewelry from Richard and Carol Haley, local star harbor residents. We are truly a one-of-a-kind store. There’s nothing like it around the Cedar Creek Lake area. So come by VaULT and take a picture inside the original bank vault from the early 1900’s.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success is such an individual effort. I feel as long as you’re doing what you’re passionate about and enjoying it your life is complete. We all have a different idea of success but at the end of the day it’s what’s in our hearts and what’s making us happy that makes you a successful person. Being true to yourself is the most successful lesson.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 215 South Terry St
    Malakoff, Texas 752148
  • Website: Vaultcedarcreek.com
  • Phone: 2147970303
  • Email: lacroixlabel@gmail.com
  • Instagram: Vault_cedarcreek
  • Facebook: Vault Cedar Creek
  • Yelp: Vault Cedar Creek

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