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September 30, 2013

BIZ NEWS: Collectibles shop opens; GI nursery man honored

Niagara Gazette — Because it was hard to find just the right name to describe their intentions, Louise Lascelle and her long-time friend Judy Hoff decided to just say it plainly. Their new store at 8505 Packard Road has been dubbed “The Old and New and Collectibles Too”

Located in the 1885 stone house which sits on the corner at Haseley Dr., most recently a showplace for local art, the pair decided to indulge themselves with the sheer joy of doing exactly what they wanted: Open a store with a little bit of everything.

There are Elvis Presley plates, tea cups, jewelry, gift baskets, and retro Avon collectible glass perfume bottles and much more.

“We are also taking things on consignment,” said Lascelle, a broker with Great Lakes Real Estate who once ran a similar shop on Pine Avenue.

The ladies are brushing up on their antique knowledge and plan to hunt garage and estate sales, while also taking items on consignment as well.

Business has already proved pretty satisfying, but if things don’t go exactly as they hope, they can always appeal to a higher source. Hoff, it turns out, is also a lay deacon for the Lutheran church in WNY.

So far, the ladies are having a blast. “More and more people are finding us,” said Hoff.

“It’s been a lot of fun,” Louise added. “Right now we’re only open three days a week but if it gets busy, we’ll open more.”

The Old, New & Collectibles Too is currently open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Call 471-6787 for more details.

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If you stop in at Serene Gardens on Grand Island to visit the nursery, gift shop or restaurant, make sure you hunt down garden center manager Matt Smith and say “congratulations.”

Smith was recently named “Young Retailer of the Year,” at the international conference of the Association of Horticulture Professionals.

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