A downtown Milaca storefront celebrated its grand opening this past weekend, even though it has occupied the space since December.
Vintage Design has offered antiques, re-purposed decorative items, furniture and more every first and third Thursday, Friday and Saturday of the month for nearly seventh months now.
But as a full-time behavioral therapist for the State of Minnesota, owner Teri Swanson delayed the grand opening until now.
“I’ve been into antiques since I was a kid, and I’ve sold them at various shops,” she said. “But people like myself who still work can do something like this. The two weekends we’re open, people come back because they want to see what’s new.”
Along with a healthy dose of love for antiques, Swanson also sews upholstery and accepts custom jobs from customers.
“My job as a therapist isn’t very creative, so I needed a creative outlet,” she said.
Her husband, Dwight, uses his carpentry skills fixing any loose furniture sold at Vintage Design.
“He’s very insistent on making sure every piece we put out is sturdy,” she said.
The little shop also operates like a type of gallery, with specific vendors being featured now and then.
“We really try to have a lot of variety and themes every month,” Swanson said. “It’s been great. It’s been fun. I love it.”
For the full story, see the Thursday, June 14 print edition of the Times.