Inside a modest Cloverdale store, you will find once old and dusty items transformed into pieces of art, statement furniture and home decor.
The Vintage Emporium, 4735 Read Mountain Road, opened for business earlier this spring. The store specializes in repurposing old furniture and giving antiques “a new twist,” said Karen Wickham, co-owner of the shop.
Wickman and her sister, Cindy Lanford, decided to turn their hobby into a business after Lanford’s employer downsized in December and she didn’t want to go back to a traditional 9-to-5 job.
The sisters grew up near the shop. It had been Read Mountain Mercantile for several years and different general stores before that.
“We have admired and driven by this building all our lives and now we can call it ours,” Wickman said.
The shop is eclectic, with some new furniture and some refurbished to reflect shabby chic, cottage and French country styles.You will find different fashion accessories there, too, including collegiate Pandora bracelets and “stadium stomper” boots and costume jewelry.
“We truly have a little something for everyone,” Wickman said.
The shop also carries an organic skincare line called FarmHouse Fresh. It was voted one of “Oprah’s favorites” in 2007.
The sisters encourage customers to bring in old furniture to be refurbished. They are not limited to furniture they can refurbish — home items like kitchen cabinets, too, Wickman said.
Store hours: Closed Sunday and Monday
10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
4735 Read Mountain Road, Cloverdale