A new antique mall — Rivers Edge Antiques and Collectibles — opens Saturday in St. Marys.
The 16,000-square-foot building at 338 Second St. was purchased by Brenda Henry and her husband, Tim, after the couple moved from Columbus, Ohio to be closer to their grandchildren in Sistersville.
Henry said that in addition to selling many of their own antiques, they also rent space to vendors selling antiques and collectibles. The first two floors of the three-story brick building are reserved for antiques and vendors. Starting next year, the third floor will be used for entertainment such as dinner comedies, murder mystery shows and more.
“We already have several reservations. It’s pretty exciting,” he said.
Henry said the first floor will also feature a 1950s-themed ice cream and soft drink shop.
Henry said she and her husband grew up with mothers who collected antiques, which led to the idea of opening the store. Henry is a retired nurse and Tim is a retired Columbus business owner.
He noted that the community, including the St. Marys City Council, the St. Marys Chamber of Commerce and other businesses, has been extremely supportive of the business and their ideas,
which includes bringing tour buses into St. Marys.
Tim and I went to a trade show in Cleveland, Ohio. We have many bookings and there is a lot of interest in the tour buses coming to the city. We are working with the businesses to be ready when we get the tour dates,” he said.
“Tim gave a presentation and blew everyone’s socks off. He told them that St. Marys was a nice historic town. There’s a railroad right through the center of town, right on the banks of the Ohio River, and you can see tailwheelers and barges.”
The store also offers experiences for special events and holidays, including horse and buggy rides, Christmas carols, cookie exchange clubs and more.
“We want to bring the old charm back to the St. Marys area,” Henry said.
He said they bought the historic Barron Mansion in St. Marys to live in and are almost done restoring it.
“It’s a great opportunity and we both really enjoy it,” she said of the antique mall.
The building itself is very large and has enough space to host at least 400 vendors, he said.
The grand opening of the new store will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday.
There will also be food trucks, candy vendors, and corn. There will also be a petting zoo and pony rides in the yard and parking lot.
He said their grand opening will coincide with Octoberfest festivities at various locations and businesses in Pleasants County, including St. Marys and Belmont.
After the ceremonial opening, the store’s regular opening hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 1 a.m. to 7 p.m., closed on Monday.
Vendors interested in renting space at Rivers Edge can call Henry at 304-299-4697.