Olde Mobile Antiques Gallery Opens
The long vacant building opened as the new home of Olde Mobile Antiques on December 26, 2017
On December 26, 2017, Olde Mobile Antiques opened in their new locale at 653 St. Louis Street. The real test, however, was their first estate sale January 5, 6 and 7. You see, Olde Mobile Antiques’ estate sales have quite the draw. Co-owner Greg Reynolds said, “We were going 90 mph and working 15 hour days for two and a half weeks to get everything moved, and the planning, design and move went as smoothly as possible.” Additionally, the initial customer feedback was, “Extremely good. The crowds were good. They were shopping, there were no issues with parking, and everyone loved the building.”
The building that now houses Olde Mobile Antiques has had a number of uses over the years. However, Reynolds thinks the building has been vacant for seventeen years. When asked what it was about downtown that interested him, Reynolds said, “living downtown and seeing and hearing about the investment taking place, we just felt like downtown was a good choice. The mayor and council seem to be on board and excited about the changes. We were renting on the belt line, we wanted to own and control our future, and so it seemed like the right time to look and move downtown.”
Additionally, they are thrilled that Fowler Lighting is across the street and that The Cheese Cottage had a Grand Opening on January 19, 2018. Reynolds said, “They both draw an upscale customer and that is our clientele for the gallery. It is a great combination and with three retailers it really becomes a destination. People can come down and spend a half day or more and eat lunch or dinner downtown. A few customers posted on social media platforms after they left us that they had brunch downtown, and one customer had dinner at NoJa.”
Co-owners Greg Reynolds and Charles Parmenter still have some finishing touches to add, landscaping and sprucing up to do, but intend to undertake it all in due time.
However, they already have another deadline, the February estate sale is scheduled for the first full weekend every month, which in February is February 2, 3 and 4.
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