Williston Antique Center dealers relocate to Essex (7/2/09)

July 2, 2009

By Tim Simard

Observer staff

It’s been two months since the Williston Antiques Center closed on Harvest Lane, and many of the store’s dealers have now resettled in two shops in Essex Junction.

The antique center’s former co-owner, Selma Gokey, said most of the dealers from her store found locations at Five Corners Antiques and Lang Farm Antiques at the Lang Farm Nursery. Gokey has opened a space at Lang Farm and now works there once a week.

Williston Antiques Center closed on April 30 after six years in business. Gokey said the current economy made her and her business partner, Patricia Gerace, nervous about their business’ future. The two decided to close the store before their lease renewal date.

“It was too much of a long-term risk for us,” Gokey said. “We sure didn’t close because we couldn’t pay for the lights or pay our rent.”

Gokey said their site on Harvest Lane had been “super” and they received a lot of residual business when Gardener’s Supply Company was located next door.

“Gardening people and antiquing people are of the same type of personality, it turns out,” Gokey said.

While it was hard to say goodbye to the Williston Antiques Center, Gokey said she and her former antique dealers are looking forward to the their new Essex Junction locations.

“We’ll miss (Williston),” Gokey said. “It was just a nice, comfortable shop.”