Family set to open up shop

Larry Allen said opening up an antique and gift shop wasn’t an overnight dream but more like a nightmare not knowing if it was going to thrive or be nothing more than another well-thought out idea.
“But we’ll never know unless we get both our feet wet,” he reasoned.
Allen’s Gift and Antique, located in the old George W. Hughes and Co. grocery store in Barwick, will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily starting tomorrow (April 1).
“Everything in on consignment,” he noted, adding there’s been a fantastic response so far.
“Now we’re looking for more space,” he said. “We have crafts galore, [and] gifts of all types and more is coming.”
It’s all home-made and it has value, he stressed.
His wife, Shirley, who is employed at Cloverleaf Grocery in Emo along with daughter, Shauna, will pitch in at the shop whenever they can.
“Gift shops actually are a tradition in every town or village, and continue to flourish,” Allen noted. “There is always something you’re looking for and bound to find it in gift shop.”
To the right will be the gift and antique shop while on the left, the Chapple centennial committee will display historic information over the past 100 years.
“All in all, it should be an interesting [and] exciting venture,” said Allen.