A place in history
Martha Ann Sutton-Barnard and Chip Harris have been in business for a little over a year and have made a big move to a historic home.
Vintage Thrift & Antiques, Sutton-Barnard and Harris’ business, moved to the Sherrod House at 1100 N. Main St. and opened on Nov. 1.
In addition gaining around 7,000 square feet of space, Sutton-Barnard and Harris brought in a couple of new features to the business as well.
The shop, which previously was located on Hillcrest Avenue, added consignment and art loft components when it moved to the Sherrod House, which was built in 1900.
Harris said the need for more space prompted the move, but buying and moving into the historical house was a bonus.
“We needed more space, but also we had both loved this house,” Harris said. “Its been here for at least a decade vacant, and from a community perspective, we thought this would be a good place to come and revitalize this old house.”
Sutton-Barnard said the extra space has allowed the shop to open up to others in the business and the community.
“Throughout the years, we’ve met other antiquers, and this gives them a place to display their things,” she said.
Harris said it gives other entrepreneurs the chance to create a store within a store. Each section of the first floor of the house displays different vintage and antique items for different antiquers that have rented space, as well as space available for local artists to display their work.
The second floor is a consignment shop for home decor, vintage pieces, antique furniture and other items.
Several businesses have been housed in the Sherrod house, most recently Paramount Furniture.
In December, just in time for the Uptowne Holiday Stroll, Cupcake Cuties Bakery will open at the Sherrod house as well.
“We’ve enjoyed the new business we’ve gotten here, but the main thing is that we’ve got people saying that they are glad the house is alive again,” Harris said.
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