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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Growing, growing and finally Grown?

Just one of the rooms in C.J.s Antiques & Collectibles

I remember long, long ago in a galaxy far far away, we decided to take the plunge into the antique business. Well first we actually got our toes wet with a little shop next to our house which was about 300 square feet. Well we were hooked. Next thing you know we had 700 square feet in an antique mall in Ponchatoula Louisiana also know as "America's Antique City" and when we outgrew that we leased a 1200 square feet building. right across the street. Our next move when we saw a great old building on Railroad Ave for sale. We just wanted to take a peak inside but one look and we were hooked. It was perfect we were in love. The great open ceiling with cypress beams, it was the perfect place for an antique store, 5000 square feet we would never run out of space.(the open ceiling had some minor adjustments after two blistering summers followed by freezing winters and the utilities bills that came along with it).  Well 20 years later numerous additions and the acquisition of the building next door and we are now at 15,000 square feet. Along the way our family has grown our grandchildren know every nook and cranny of our shop. We've made lots of friends had loads of adventures and are looking forward to the next 20 years. Don't miss out stop by or make us a destination, we promise you can make a day of it. Bring the family its a great chance to give the kids a hands on history lesson.