Marilyn Forehand's lifelong dream came to fruition when the doors of her antiques and home furnishings shop in downtown Watkinsville opened for the first time in April.
On May 2, she hosted a grand opening celebration that coincided with May's First Friday event.
Here's what she had to say about her shop:
Q. Why did you choose to sell antiques and home furnishings?
A. My first job at 16 was in a home furnishings retail store, and I have been in love ever since. As far as antiques, I have always had an interest in "anything old." Antiques tell history...I have always wondered what they would say if they could talk.
Q. Please describe your background with refurbishing furniture.
A. I don't have any sort of trained background. It is simple; art is fun. I like getting my hands dirty and seeing what the outcome will be. With most pieces, I don't have any clue what I am going to do until I start.
Q. What is one of the most unique items featured in your shop?
A. I have a couple of items that bring the most conversation. One is a small spiral staircase. The other is an original sign from Zim's.
Q. Why did you pick the Main Street location?
A. I didn't pick the spot...it picked me. The building I am in is owned by my husband's cousin. My husband's grandfather's business was once in this building. The original walls and history of the building add to the charm of the shop. Besides, downtown in a small town is ideal for antiques. It couldn't have worked out better.
Q. Is there anything else you'd like the community to know about your business?
A. Yes, I may not be "Watkinsville born and raised", but I am certainly small town. I understand the true meaning of "shop local". Some of the best finds can be right where you are, and I hope that people will come see what my store is all about.
Marilyn's on Main, located at 10 N. Main Street, is open Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.
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