Open Market Antique Mall now open
Published 7:18 pm Thursday, January 25, 2018
Coca-Cola logos still abound and the walls remain striped red and white, but the old Coca-Cola facility on Washington Street has been reborn as entryway to the past.
Located at 2133 Washington St., The Open Market Antique Mall recently opened in the old Coca-Cola Facility. Owned by Stuart and Nan Green, who purchased the building in August, The Open Market will feature vendors selling antiques, original art and more.
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“We just enjoy antiques,” Stuart Green said. “We own an antique mall in Corinth and we’ve always enjoyed finding old treasures and saving them. Pulling something out of somebody’s barn or house or garage sale and saving it and getting it out where somebody else can see it.”
The mall currently has room for 110 vendors, but there is space to add about 125 additional stalls. Each vendor has the freedom to set up their store and bring in their own merchandise. The market in turn charges them a monthly rental fee and a 10 percent commission on all sales.
“Anything that’s not offensive,” Stuart Green said of what is allowed. “Antiques, flea market items, it doesn’t matter. Whatever somebody wants to maintain a booth. We have folks moving in now that are making furniture, painting furniture, making wooden crosses and picture frames. All that kinds of stuff.”
Vendors already in place are selling furniture, antique duck decoys and more. Stuart Green said they expect to be full in just a couple months and already have more vendors planning to move in.
“I think it will be a place people enjoy shopping, hanging out,” Stuart Green said. “It is great on a rainy afternoon or cold day and once we are full you can walk in and spend an hour or two walking through seeing all the stuff.”
The building was previously the warehouse for the Hotel Furniture business in town, and after buying the building, the Greens worked to modernize it to fit their needs, while leaving the charm of the 81-year-old building.
“We loved the history and the look of the building, the character that old building had. It needed remodeling,” Stuart Green said. “It hadn’t been touched in 30 years basically. Nothing had been modernized. It had no air, no lights.”
The store is open Wednesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays 1-5 p.m.
“I think it will drive some more traffic that way,” Stuart Green said. “There is already a lot of traffic on Washington Street and there is some development between there and downtown happening. There is already some money commitment and we are excited to be a part of that and on the front end of it.”