Niagara Gazette — Imagine a business where planning meetings include white wine and laughter, and the partners go shopping together and then sell their finds in a funky, chic storefront to people who adore the treasures they’ve collected.
Talk to any of the seven partners and you’ll likely find that pretty aptly describes Antique to Chic, the new antique co-op in Lewiston.
Just the other day the ladies shared quite a few laughs doing one of their favorite things, decorating the new window at the store in this month’s vintage bridal theme. The window also features antique cameras, vintage hankies, a mirror and brush, and a mirrored little table set for two. Apparently it was pretty funny watching one of them having to crawl under the wedding dress to fix one thing or another.
“We’re having a total blast decorating the window every month,” said Gloria Costrino, of Youngstown.
Anybody working at a regular job would be bound to get a little jealous hearing about what “work” looks like for this crew.
The ladies originally all had businesses within The Country Doctor, a long-established antique co-op also on Center Street, located on a piece of property recently sold. While the Country Doctor is expected to remain open throughout the summer, the seven ladies reopened their business in a storefront at 536 Center St., which had previously housed an antique shop.
Having so many involved in a project means that there are plenty of styles and tastes represented within Antique to Chic. One owner is into antiques, another into vintage jewelry and another into rough-hewn primitive items. Some of the partners bring a little of everything to the mix.
“I’m extremely eclectic. I’ll buy anything that catches my eye, anything I’ve never seen before,” said Judy Munzi of Lewiston, who first came to the Country Doctor when her husband started selling his coin collection there. After he passed away about five years ago, she started handling his business and expanded into other items by shopping estate sales with her fellow co-op owners.