BEAVERCREEK – Longtime Beavercreek residents Nancy and Paul Combs decided to take their love of antiques to the next level – open their own antique shop. Antique Marketplace opened this Spring at 3491 Dayton-Xenia Road, next to the Post Office.
“There isn’t anything like this in Beavercreek,” said owner Nancy Combs. “Since we’ve lived here so long and my husband’s business is in Beavercreek, it only made since to keep our business here.”
At the beginning of the year, Nancy decided that she wanted to open a shop featuring antiques by renting out space to vendors. Their shop is divided into individual “cubicles” and glass displays to give each vendor their own specialized space to display their merchandise and add their own personality to their “store.” The concept is simple and creative in a way that allows individuals to sell their items, but it also allows shoppers to have a large variety of antiques and gifts under one roof. The merchandise rotates from day to day, week to week, and month to month, so each visit becomes as different as the next.
“Most of our vendors are dealers,” Nancy said. “When we started, we had a few friends that were interested in becoming vendors. I also put a post on Craig’s List. With those attempts and with word of mouth, we had enough vendors to open. Now, we have over 60 vendors on a waiting list. It’s taken off like crazy.”
After the thought of opening an antique store was embedded in their minds, things just started falling into place. The building they rent is owned by a school friend that was willing to lease it to them, vendors were no longer an issue, and then things started coming together. Business is great and they’re looking forward to a long relationship with the Beavercreek community, out-of-town customers and vendors. Their goal is to keep the shop fresh, exciting, and offer a wide variety of different merchandise for all.
“It’s so neat to be here. I love the mixture of people that come in. Some of my friends and Junior High teachers have come in and it’s great to see them. It’s like a class reunion in here sometimes,” Nancy said. “Surprisingly, we have a lot of college students that come in looking for things to furnish their dorm or apartment. Since we have a lot of repurposed, retro and vintage items, they seem to really like it. It’s pretty cool.”
Beavercreek Antique Marketplace will be setting up a tent in the parking lot during the Beavercreek Popcorn Festival and may be doing something special during the holiday seasons.
“We have a wide variety of items from antiques, new primitives or jewelry, to clothing, candles and everything in between. So, I think customers can come here and find all their needs in one spot, whether it’s for themselves or a gift for someone else,” Nancy said.
For more information contact Beavercreek Antique Marketplace at 937-912-9724.
Danielle Coots is a freelance writer for Greene County News.