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Second antique shop opens in Shepherd |

Second antique shop opens in Shepherd

Vintage Village Antique opened its doors at the corner of 2nd Street and West Wright Avenue in Shepherd last week, the second antique store in the village for owner Tammy Whitmer.

“I’ve always liked buying and selling stuff,” she said. “I did want to open a resale store in my life. The opportunity presented itself, so I jumped right in.”

The new store occupies the old hardware store that closed last year. It’s the only building that survived the block fire of 2015.

“I thought this would be an excellent building for an antique store,” Whitmer said. “It has a warmer feeling to it, along with authentic tin ceilings. It’s also one of the original store fronts of the community.”

The new store features repurposed furniture and original antiques. There is also a booth with a wall of cast-iron skillets. Every vender brings their own flavor to the store. While there is a bit of a different set of offerings and booths than the other store, there’s also more of the same.

“I do have vendors that rented additional space in this store while still in the other store,” she said. “There was a waiting list of venders there, so they were the next in line.”

Bob Mooradian of Mt. Pleasant was on the waiting list and jumped at the chance to get into the store when he was called about an opening. He’s been collecting antiques for decades, and now he has his own booth for the first time.

“I don’t think Mt. Pleasant has any antique shops anymore,” he said. “Now Shepherd has two of them, so I’m just glad to be a part of this.”

Michelle Davidson also runs a booth in the store, while working there during the week. She helped Whitmer organize an empty building into the warehouse it is today.

“My husband and I support the growth of Shepherd,” she said. “We are excited to have a new, fun business filling one of the empty buildings.”

While most of the store is claimed, Whitmer is still seeking antique and vintage collectible dealers. Rental space is $1.25 per square foot plus a 10 percent commission. There are 110 and 66 square foot spaces available for rent.

“I thought it was a good opportunity to bring more foot traffic to downtown,” she said. “There’s more to Shepherd than what’s by the 127 off-ramp and the Maple Syrup Festival.”

The grand opening for the store is set for next month.

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