By Scott E. Kinney, Atlantic News Staff Writer
Atlantic News, Friday, April 6, 2007
[The following article is courtesy of Atlantic News.]
[Atlantic News Photo by Scott E. Kinney]
HAMPTON -- Maybe you're looking for the perfect piece to accent your room.
Or perhaps you're looking for the one piece that will complete dear old grandma's china set.
Beverly Stoughton and Terry Wheeler, owners of Little Vintage Antiques, know what all the antiquing and collectable buzz is about. The two of them are both admitted antiquing fanatics. The business was natural fit.
"We always liked antiques," admits Stoughton. "We thought Hampton needed an antique shop like this. I always loved this little downtown area, even when I didn't live here."
Little Vintage Antiques joins a number of new small businesses that are breathing new life into the area of downtown Hampton.
"That (location) was a big part of it," explained Wheeler. "I like to see that each shop here is unique. It's things that you don't see everyday. I really feel good about being here in the downtown area."
And Little Vintage Antiques certainly has something to add to the mix. The store offers a wide variety of memorabilia, collectibles and antiques. Those items include furniture, vintage costume jewelry, old retro signs, and collectible toys to name just a few.
"We're trying to get a nice eclectic mix in here," said Wheeler.
Stoughton brings five years of experience of working in an antique shop to the store, but this time she's part of calling the shots.
"Being in a shop is fun," she said, "but having your own shop is more fun."
The "fun" is really throughout the process of the business. The two women enjoy shopping for antiques as well as sharing in the joy of antique and collectible hunting, and accept items on consignment as well.
"Every part of this business is fun," said Wheeler.
When you're tired of looking in the big box stores for something you'll never find, or still searching for that unique piece that will have your house guests green with envy, be sure to head on over to Little Vintage Antiques.
Located at 17 High Street in Hampton, Little Vintage Antiques will be holding a grand opening on Saturday, April 14, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., which will include refreshments, goodies and prize drawings.
Following their opening, the store will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and closed Monday (except on holidays). Be sure to stop by, or call (603) 926-0808.