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Antiques and Uniques

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Published: 04/18/2017

by Patricia Nugent

Antiques & Uniques in Wickliffe is a 24,000-square-foot shopping wonderland of new and repurposed furniture, home décor and jewelry ranging from retro to vintage, antique to mid-century, industrial to modern and more.

 

With an eclectic gathering of 100-plus vendors and a steadily changing lineup of goods, every day is a different shopping experience.

 

Opened in 2015 by Barb and Tom Berges, the novel retail model centralizes the remarkable décor items and makes shopping a breeze, as there is one central check-out, no matter how many different booths you buy from.

 

“From Tiffany lamps to master-crafted farm tables with a live edge, wall art, mirrors, precious figurines and reclaimed items such as window frames and shutters, the items change often. People tend to shop here on a weekly or even daily basis,” she says.

 

“And our furniture gallery features gorgeous bedroom sets, bookshelves, coffee tables, dining room sets and armoires built to last. People appreciate the superior quality of solid wood furniture made in years past.”

 

She says one of the hottest furniture trends is industrial, or “steam punk” style of tables made from reclaimed pipes, winches, sewing machines and other rustic machinery that’s retrofitted for a new purpose.

 

“Collectors are big shoppers here, too,” she notes. “Whether they want to buy entire sets of china or glassware, or just find a piece or two to complete their sets, we offer a bevy of casual to fine china and serving ware.”

 

Man Cave Worthy 

For boys of all ages who dwell mostly on the lower level, the plethora of décor items ranges from pithy signage declaring the space a Man Cave to Harley Davidson plaques, sports memorabilia and even antique beer taps.

 

And for more eccentric tastes, a vendor named “Cabinet of the Curiosities” features delicious oddities such as a stuffed panther ready to pounce, wall-mounted eight-point bucks, macabre dolls and a lamp fashioned from a WWII gas mask.

 

All the shopping can spur a fierce appetite. To satisfy, don’t miss lunch or snacks at the Tree House Café, a unique eatery that features a splendid tree house mural keeping watch over the booths. Scrumptious homemade fare includes hot dogs, sloppy joes, sandwiches, wraps, tacos, nachos and salads.

 

There’s only one big drawback to this shopping mecca—even if you have all day, you’ll wish you had more time to spend in the galleries. It’s best to plan ahead. And “pre-shopping” is highly recommended, as their site features photo galleries and bios of all the vendors. 

 

“Since we are listed in reference materials as a notable place for antiques, people literally come from all over the country to our shopping destination,” says Barb.

 

Putting the Spotlight on Community 

Each month, Barb and Manager Robin Hyett select a community charity and offer it a booth positioned in front of the store. As both an awareness booster and fundraiser, the section is manned by people from each organization.

 

In the past they’ve featured local charities such as Asa’s Angels, Friends of Recovery and Little Annie’s Hope Train. This month the spotlight is focused on the Willowick Pet Food Pantry, which gives pet food and items to local folks who need help. The ladies recommend people bring in dog food to donate.

 

Antiques & Uniques is located within the Gabriel Brothers Plaza, 30200 Euclid Avenue in Wickliffe. Hours are Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.; and Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 440-944-0133 or visit AntiquesandUniquesOH.com. Check out the Facebook page every Wednesday for 42 photos of the week to be posted reflecting what’s trendiest at the store.