Niagara Gazette — The other owners include: Nadine Lucas, Lucy Weller and Toddy St. Laurent, all of Youngstown, Wendy Haley of Lewiston, and Jackie Carbone of Niagara Falls.
“This (business) is one of the best examples of women helping women,” Munzi said. “They really supported me and I learned to buy what I liked.”
Carbone has been in the antique business for about 20 years. She also works nights as a waitress at a local Perkin’s Restaurant and she loves having both businesses.
“As you can see, I have trouble quitting things,” she laughed, “but, I’m a people person.”
The co-op fills her need for camaraderie, she said. “It’s more than a job. It’s really fun.”
The new shop, which the ladies also like because it’s on a single floor, is filled to near overflow with the ladies’ collections.
Just describing a single corner of the room can give a flavor of the coop offerings.
“There is an 1962 double oven that is to die for, with lots of chrome and it still works,” Costrino said. “We have a small country-shabby cupboard filled with brightly colored dishes, and an artist-made clarinet lamp in silver with a black shade.”
The co-op concept allows each of the owners to share the duties of ownership. But the best part, Costrino said, is that each brings something unique to the business.
“You have seven dealers with a variety of tastes and interests and expertise going out and buying all the time,” she said. “The place is always changing.”IF YOU GO • WHAT: Antique to Chic antique coop • WHERE: 536 Center St., Lewiston • MORE INFORMATION: Call 754-2277 or search Antique to Chic on Facebook.