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Monday, October 25, 2010

The Big Cheese

Suzanne Eblen

Owner, The Old Lucketts Store

Meet Suzanne, the owner of our little empire!  Suzanne and her husband Pat started The Old Lucketts Store fifteen years ago when they purchased our building, which at the time was a dilapidated run-down wreck.  They had a vision, though, and started the renovations even though many said they should just tear it down.  It had been a store and post office for over a century, with the oldest part being built just after the Civil War.  A huge addition was added around 1900, and the Lucketts family inhabited the top two floors until the 1950's or 60's. It had been vacant for a decade when Sooz and Pat purchased the property.  Wisteria branches wound their way all through it and there were layers of trash and debris several feet thick which Sooz and her best bud, Amy, carted all out by hand. 

Once the work was finished, Suzanne (who was nine months pregnant at the time!) opened the shop with about 30 dealers.  The business has been growing ever since through a combination of hard, hard work and her innate business sense.  A reporter once called Suzanne  a "supernova", and that's probably my favorite description of her.  She has endless energy and enthusiasm, is extremely generous, and is above all hard-working. Her drive comes from her passion for the unusual, the fun, the funky, ... and always wanting to do her best.   We love her to bits, and I am so proud to call her my friend <3

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Double, Double, Toil & Trouble!


Halloween!  We love Halloween!  No other holiday blends as seemlessly with our antiques. Jennifer, one of our very talented dealers, makes magic at Halloween. A tongue-in-cheek amputated mannequin foot, fitted with a vintage shoe, is displayed with vintage bottles.   

Glittery skulls propped on candlesticks...

Crows with hats!

Crows with black and white plates and numbered bottles.


The Berry Scary Martini recipe is from Martha Stewart.

One of my favorite things to do for Halloween decorating is to pull out my antiques and use them!  Antiques give your decorations a more believable spookiness - much spookier I think than store bought party store decorations.  I usually grab an old table from the basement (I have tons of projects down there!) - I get silver candleabra and light the candles (make sure you don't leave those unattended!), prop up some old photographs of my ancestors, a skull, some old books and put just a touch of artificial spider webbing over the whole scene.  The secret to that stuff is to pull, pull, pull it, until it's very thin and well...spider webby.  I also started collecting old science lab stuff - beakers, test tubes, etc.  I like the "mad scientist" theme.  A spooky CD and a fog machine....and you have the scariest house on the block!

Wishing you a very scary Halloween! - Lisa