June 30, 2017 we closed on The Palace Emporium, formerly known as On The Corner Antiques. The next morning, at three a.m. we got in the truck and drove from California to Winslow to get the keys. We were too excited to wait another minute.
Brian and I love old things. Old motorcycles. Old cars. Old furniture. Old buildings.
Antiques aren’t goods, they’re stories.
Old things have character. History. That’s part of why we bought the 66 Motor Palace across from the Winslow Theater seven years ago.
While passing through town on a motorcycle in 2007, Brian fell in love with Winslow, and a couple years later I fell in love with the Motor Palace. We’ve made progress taking the building from an empty shell to an inhabitable space, but it still needs more work, and we need more room.
We talked to David Hartman–historic property expert and fellow car enthusiast–about storage buildings for sale, and he led us to 213 Kinsley, an antique store next to the Standing on the Corner Park. We hadn’t planned on becoming antique dealers, but the idea intrigued us considering our love of old stuff, and so The Palace Emporium idea was born, a mix of old and new.
In addition to antiques, the building has been a candle store and a Montgomery Ward department store. Our plan is to keep things in a similar vein. Antiques and general merchandise. An Emporium.
em·po·ri·um (emˈpôrēəm) noun
…a large retail store selling a wide variety of quality goods…
Before we open to the public, we have some work to do, sorting, searching, and arranging, both the existing inventory and new offerings as well. The building is sound, but could use fresh paint, and interior prettying up.
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Many thanks for reading and a big thank you to the people of Winslow for making it such a great town.
See you all soon!
Lori and Brian Law