Step inside Robbinsdale's newest business, and it's a treasure trove of furniture and home décor from a different era.
With a majority of items dating back to pre-1910, EverAfter features antiques and home accents that fit a specific style aesthetic from Romantic Home to French Cottage.
Barb Richardson and her daughter, Kate Richardson, recently opened EverAfter as an occasional sales store, an emerging trend of stores that are only open a few days a month. EverAfter first opened its doors for a weekend in July, now they will open in August this coming weekend with a new inventory of antiques.
"Last time we had a lot of French things, this time we're going to have a lot more Victorian, next time we might have more primitive items," said Kate Richardson.
The occasional store concept allows the Richardson's a chance to scour estate sales and personal collections each month to find new inventory. The Richardson's are looking for specific items that fit their store's style, and they often need to fix or repurpose the items before they're ready for sale in the coming months.
"We want everything very affordable. We have to get things at a certain price bracket to make sure that we can resell it for a great deal for someone else," said Richardson.
EverAfter is one of two antiques stores that opened in Robbinsdale this summer. The other, Finds on Broadway, is an antique consignment store.
Robbinsdale's City Manager Marcia Glick calls the insurgence of new vintage stores a good thing for Robbinsdale and says the shops could help attract more visitors.
"They bring an opportunity for people to find something unique," said Glick. "If you're looking for a place to come have lunch and then do a little browsing, it's nice to have that opportunity."
Glick says it has been about "20 years" since Robbinsdale has had some antique or consignment stores in town.
EverAfter will be open for the month on August 9 - 12.
Alexandra Renslo reporting
August 6, 2012