Open for business
The Owl’s Nest Upholstery & Antiques
An 1873 building in Bennington gained a new resident late last month when business partners Jeanne Gauthier and Michael Roy opened The Owl’s Nest Upholstery & Antiques in 1,800 square feet in The Putnam House (hotel) on Main Street.
“I love the space,” said Gauthier, who when interviewed was on her way to the Brimfield Antique Show in Brimfield, MA, to acquire merchandise for the store. She also planned to distribute brochures and business cards of various Bennington businesses in hopes of drawing people to Bennington.
“I made up packets and business cards that show where to stay, eat, other things to see,” she said.
The new store, she said, is “filled with just about every period and decorating style there is. We try to offer a cross section of decorating desires.” On the premises is a fabric room; the store will offer a full upholstery service.
Gauthier previously owned an upholstery shop for 25 years in Fitchburg, MA. She is closing it to live permanently in Bennington.
“I find every piece so interesting,” she said. “What’s more interesting to me is the etiquette that comes with each period. For example, in Victoriana, women were not allowed to touch their shoulders to the back of a chair, so furniture was made accordingly. Also, you think about the person who made the furniture.
“For me, the favorite things are the stories of their family heirlooms. Those are the things that bind people. I look at periods of furniture for sale that are conducive for people’s lifestyles.” The store has an initial staff of three.
The Owl’s Nest Upholstery & Antiques is located at 353 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201. The telephone number is 802.447.3533; the e-mail address is email@example.com. The Web site is www.owlsnestshop.com. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
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