Hunting for treasure begins with finding the new locations for a number of our delightful shops. There’s been some reshuffling as proprietors move from old locations to new ones. Let the games begin!
A family affair
Formerly on our main street, co-owners and life partners, Jeri Maitland and Chris Thomas have moved The Vintage Verandah around the corner to 119 1st Ave W. Daughter, Megan and partner Don Kliparchuk own a renovation business and they set to work on the former gallery space, both upstairs and down. On the lower level, you’ll find an always eclectic mix of “prairie chic” antique furniture and furnishings, new home décor, and contemporary clothing. And get ready to hunt for more treasures in a New York City-style flea market in the open space beside the shop, as weather permits!
If you’ve ever wanted to learn about chalk-painting, head upstairs for a workshop in an airy space shared with her other daughter, Serena Comb who is opening a sewing studio where children, teens, and adults can learn the (almost) lost art of sewing and embroidery. You’ll find a comfy spot to just sit and stitch. Be sure to ask about classes in pattern drafting.
Moving up in the world
Styles Between Us, a treasure trove of consignment clothing and accessories, has moved upstairs above Poor David’s and Heavenly Outhouse. Space was renovated and restored by Megan and Don – from the hand-cut and sealed stairway to the chalk painted doors. Shop partners Annie Van Den Bosche and Jennifer Fay worked side by side ripping out carpet and pouring cement. Walls have been knocked out to allow for an easy flow through the carefully curated collections of vintage to contemporary clothing, shoes, and accessories. You’ll be astonished by the volume and variety. Next up: personal shopping and private events for your cohort, where you can book the place to yourselves for an evening of fun and fashion.
Your treasures or theirs?
Cochrane Home Treasures, at their new location 208 Fifth Ave #2, has been an anchor in the community for almost 20 years. The locally owned and operated second-hand store operates on the belief that “everyone deserves the nice and the necessary.” Proceeds are used to fund many worthy causes in the Cochrane community.
Many of us used the recent stay-at-home time to declutter and purge possessions. Once Home Treasures reopened, they were deluged with donations. The result is an eclectic collection of items for your home, from furniture to fine china and so much more. Be forewarned: you may drop by to drop something off but it’s more than likely you will take something home that was just what you’ve been looking for. To follow their health and safety guidelines, check the website to learn about the dates and times you can drop things off and hours of operation for shopping. Interested in volunteering? Pop in and find out how you can join the team.