Sneaker store co-founded by Lake Highlands High School alumnus soon to open
A sneaker store co-founded by a Lake Highlands High School alumnus opens in Mockingbird Station.
Haven DTX Sneaker applied for a certificate of occupancy at 5307 E. Mockingbird Lane.
The store describes itself as a ‘high-end sneaker and streetwear boutique’. Its goal is to redefine “the modern day sneaker store by providing a unique and premium shopping experience”.
19-year-old Owen Stelmarski and his business partner open the store. And this is not their first venture; they co-founded SwiftSole, a software company, a few years ago.
Stelmarski, who graduated from LHHS in 2020 and now lives in Lower Greenville, said Mockingbird station was chosen because of its central location in Dallas. It is also home to Center, another shoe and clothing store, which shows Stelmarski that there is a market for it.
Early in the process, Stelmarski and his partner visited other shoe stores in Dallas. They noticed that employees at other stores weren’t as welcoming and helpful as they would have liked, so they decided to focus on customer service at Sneaker Haven. For example, when neighbors walk into Sneaker Haven, they are greeted by an employee who is ready to help them find what they are looking for. They could even be offered a bottle of water, Stelmarski said.
Sneaker Haven will carry Nike and Adidas, two of the most requested brands.
Stelmarski said they are planning a grand opening on October 23 and are also working to plan a smooth opening.
Some renderings have been published on the company’s website Facebook page.