Anchors Away Antiques & Collectibles has successful opening weekend

Anchors Away Antiques & Collectibles made its debut full of fall decor and handmade items this past weekend.

The small collectibles store held its soft opening on Friday and grand opening on Saturday.

The store is part of a house on 8th Street, and owner Jason Colley set up each of the four rooms with a theme and merchandise, allowing customers to wander through each room of the house.

The front of the store featured fall decor, including items with pumpkins and autumn leaves galore.

Other rooms included beach, anchor and country themed merchandise.

Colley said about 20 customers had stopped into the store by 2:30 p.m., and there were a few larger crowds before and after the Crab Carnival’s Firefighter’s Parade.

Good crowds were in and out of the store all day Saturday, according to Colley.

Manager Teresa Alexander said they had a lot of sales and holds Saturday.

“We have several holds for people who want to come back and buy something, but don’t want to have to carry it around during the carnival,” Alexander said.

Richmond Resident Ellen Manckia came for the crab carnival and saw the grand opening sign and decided to check out the store.

“I’ve come to the Crab Carnival for the past few years and I noticed this was a new place,” Manckia said. “I love the atmosphere and all of the different rooms with different décor for different seasons and people.”

Anchors Away is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday; the store is closed Monday-Wednesday. The store is behind C&F Bank, 417 B Eighth St.

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