WEST JEFFERSON — The Ashe County Chamber of Commerce welcomed Grandma’s Place owners Cindy and Brian Dunagan with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Friday, Aug. 14.
According to Cindy Dunagan, Grandma’s place is named for her mother Marie Hicks who once owned a store with the same name.
“When we thought we would like to open a store we really struggled with a name for a while and my mother had a small business called Grandma’s Place back in the 70’s,” Dunagan said. “Someone jokingly said ‘what about Grandma’s Place?’ and the name just took.”
Grandma’s Place just recently opened in downtown West Jefferson on July 15 and offers a variety of antiques, gifts and collectibles.
“We’ve tried our very best to have very reasonable prices, the type that doesn’t make your jaw drop,” Dunagan said. “We want to it be like your loving grandmother’s, the cool things that she has in her house that you’re always looking at and wondering where they came from.”
According to Dunagan, her father was an auctioneer and she grew up going to auctions. Since then, she has enjoyed buying and selling antiques.
Many of the store’s items are a mix of consignments from family and friends.
“All of us have collected all our lives and we just decided it’s time for our treasures to be enjoyed by someone else,” Dunagan said. “If we can make a dollar or two and make someone happy with a treasure, then we are very happy.”
Dunagan and her husband Brian met at Appalachian State University and both work as teachers in Mooresville. Although, Dunagan is originally from Watauga County, she completed her student teaching in Ashe County in 1989.
Dunagan’s mother currently operates the store on the weekdays and the couple plans to move to Ashe County to run the store full-time in their retirement.
“We are just excited for the possibilities and our future,” Dunagan said.
Grandma’s Place is located at 11 East Second Street in downtown West Jefferson and is currently open Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Starting in Oct., Grandma’s Place will also be open on Sundays from 1:30 until 6 p.m.
For more information call 828-528-5462 or email [email protected]
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