Weatherford Democrat

December 15, 2013

A Special Place

Weatherford Democrat

— Old Town Antiques is truly a special place.

Weatherford’s newest antique mall can say that in the literal sense as well, as the business is located inside A Special Place flower shop, at 118 S. Main. Building owner Molly Cantrell has worked with flower shop owners and tenants Trena and Ronnie Keller on getting a craft mall situated inside the shop and both parties say the transformations has been seamless.

“Business has been real good since (the craft mall) opened Nov. 21, with the exception of the ice storm,” Cantrell said. “The flower shop operates in the middle of the space and we have the craft mall around the outside.”

It was actually Trena Keller, who has owned the flower shop for just more than a year, who came up with the idea for the craft mall. Cantrell said there were a few crafters who had spaces in the flower shop but a wedding planner that had space in the building moved out, allowing for the expansion.

Crafters began renting space in the building Nov. 1 and all but four of the 31 spaces is now full, Cantrell, who also owns Brownstone Wedding Chapel, said. Cantrell said the new antique and craft mall has plenty of unique and interesting items, including handmade walking sticks and tote bags.

Luv Butter Designs, which makes the Merry Mary Tote Bag, has $6 of each bag sold go directly to the University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Science Department for drug research. Mary Keeley-Grecek was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer at the age of 40. Over the next six years, she took part in experimental drug therapy as a research volunteer before eventually passing away in August 2012. All the bags are one of a kind and custom made by her friend Mama Laura.

The walking sticks are custom made of elk horn, according to Ronnie Keller, while stone candles are custom made as well. Despite being fully open less than a month, a kind of camaraderie has been started among the vendors.

“We’re definitely the liveliest place in Weatherford,” Cantrell said. “The vendors will come in and check their booth and stay and visit for 45 minutes or an hour, which has been just wonderful.”

The Kellers and Cantrell were looking forward to having business expand in the spring where they could open the doors and let the fresh air in. Having the two businesses in one space has helped both, all three people agree.

“Having the florist here has helped the craft mall and vice versa,” Trena Keller said. “It’s been great for both parties as I’ve worked on floral arrangements for a funeral and the customers were walking around the mall while they waited.”

Both parties expect the union to continue to grow and prosper. Old Town Antiques is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday but could “on a whim” be open Sundays as well, Cantrell said. A Special Place is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For information on Old Town Antiques, call 682-333-4093.  A Special Place can be reached at 817-594-8820.