Antique dealers moving into the Mellwood Arts Center
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Ninety percent of the dealers from the now-closed Goss Avenue Antique Mall have a new home in one location.
For the past few weeks they have been moving into the Mellwood Arts Center on Mellwood Avenue.
On Friday a new sign went up on one corner of the building announcing the opening.
About 100 dealers have moved to the Mellwood location from the old Goss Avenue Mall which was located in a century old former textile mill.
Plans call for that historic structure to be converted into 200 apartments, so the longtime dealers had to find a new location.
After 25 years there, Shirley Vrooman was a little sad to leave Goss Avenue.
But not anymore.
"This is a destination and Goss wasn't," she said.
On Friday Vrooman was getting her space at the new antique mall ready for customers.
She believes the Mellwood location will attract more visitors than Goss Avenue because of all of the small businesses already located there.
"The building houses so many attractions," she said. "The Bristol Cafe, the art center upstairs, and all of the small boutiques."
Former Miss America Heather French Henry of Louisville is a spokesperson for the antique dealers, and a dealer herself.
"The Mellwood Center has an enormous amount of parking which we didn't have at the Goss Avenue location," said Henry. "Here at Mellwood, we have 42,000 square feet of space which offers 300 booths from over 100 dealers."
You'll find just about anything you can imagine at the mall.
Our favorite was an old parking meter that was for sale for $145.00.
Adds Henry, "It is a more glamorous version of a flea market, where you get a different feel and a different product from every booth, and every dealer has a their own take of what antiques are."
The relocation of the antique mall convinced Lori Coyle to move her restoration gallery from Middletown to the Mellwood location.
"With everything reclaimed or people shopping for something old and turning it into something new, it's going to impact our business in a very positive way," said Coyle.
On Sunday there will be a grand opening of the Mellwood Antiques and Interiors.
The hours on Sunday will be from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
For additional information about the new antique mall, there is a Web site at www.mellwoodantiques.com.
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