Greencastle mother and daughter opening Gather.Vintage Co.
Felicia Hollingshead and Lorraine Hohl share a vintage passion, and now they want to gather other people and share it with them too.
The mother-daughter duo will host the grand opening of Gather.Vintage Co. from 9 to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 1 and 2, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, in a converted horse barn at 4133 W. Weaver Road outside of Greencastle.
Hollingshead said she started thinking about the name in Bible studies and when talking to people.
"I thought about gathering things, people, connections ... everything has a story," Hollingshead said. "We gather things to make our homes nice."
Both decorate their homes and refinish furniture in vintage style with finds from shows, antique stores, auctions and estate sales. Hollingshead lives on West Weaver Road in Antrim Township, where the shop is located, and her daughter lives in an older home on East Baltimore Street in Greencastle.
"The vintage bug has bit her," Hollingshead said, describing her daughter's style as "New Age vintage flair."
One day they were driving home from a vintage show when Hohl said to her mother, "We should open a shop."
"We were both thinking about it and talking to God, but not each other," Hollingshead said.
They were looking for a higher traffic location then COVID-19 hit and her mother thought about the barn, Hohl said.
"The barn kind of made sense, the country setting is unique. Some of our favorite antique stores are in rural locations," Hohl said. "It fits the vintage vibe."
"It is different. It's not your typical, everyday store," Hollingshead added.
Much of the furniture has been refinished by Hollingshead and Hohl.
"It's well-restored, we take a lot of care," Hohl said, noting they research and are very selective about their paint.
One room features higher end and vintage clothing, accessories and shoes. Another is set up like a kitchen and dining room, with tables, chairs, furniture, dishes, silverware and serving pieces. There's a cozy living room to the rear of the former barn.
Paintings and other decorative pieces — ranging from kerosene lanterns and old bottles to clocks and electric lamps — are found throughout the shop.
The entryway looks a little like a general store, with wooden rolling pins, an old scale and a display containing items from The Daily Grace Co., including devotionals, Christian learning materials for children and adults and coffee mugs.
Hohl and Hollingshead also offer merchandise from local vendors and some American-made crafts. The collection includes Little Cove Soaps and Sweet Water Decor Candles.
Napkins, towels and table runners by Raine and Humble are new and made with recycled cotton, but have a vintage feel.
"We want to be a store for everyone," Hohl said.
"We''re gathering things, stories ... they have life left in them and they have something to say," Hollingshead said.
The pair have long-term plans for an eclectic gathering space at the barn for classes, Bible studies and other activities that may happen sooner than they thought.
They've connected with Reagan Doyle of Iron Willow Floral Design who wants to hold fall flower and wreath-making classes in the shop.
"We're facilitators, not instructors," Hohl said, explaining they want to help neighbors and local artisans.
Gather.Vintage Co. will also be open the first weekend in November, as well as the last weekend for Black Friday and Shop Small Saturday. Because the barn is not heated, there will not be regular hours in the winter, but appointments are always available.
For more information, follow the shop on Instagram and Facebook, @gather.vintage or email email@example.com
Live sales also will be offered on Facebook and Instagram and shipping is available.
Shawn Hardy is a reporter with Gannett's Franklin County newspapers in south-central Pennsylvania — the Echo Pilot in Greencastle, The Record Herald in Waynesboro and the Public Opinion in Chambersburg. She has more than 35 years of journalism experience. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org