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The Gathering antiques store marks 3rd anniversary in Geneva

Berry House store celebrates 3rd year in business with specials

GENEVAThe Gathering, in the Berry House at 227 S. Third St., Geneva, will be celebrating its third anniversary in business with 15 percent off on many items March 3 and 4.

The store sells vintage, primitive, folk art, rugs, runners, baskets and jewelry.

Customers will be included in a gift certificate drawing with any purchase, and the store will have treats and complimentary coffee or tea from The Coffee Drop Shop, also in the Berry House, co-owner Carrie Tatone said.

“It’s just exciting to come to work every day,” Tatone said. “My other job was so stressful and this is joyful – to be able to be creative constantly and the excitement when people buy items and [the items] find new homes.”

Tatone said that when customers sell their treasures to the store, they want to be assured the items will go to a good home “and be loved and cared for.”

“You care for it and you turn it over to somebody who is absolutely going to love it,” Tatone said.

One example Tatone gave was of a customer who visited from Florida last year and was excited to see one of the pieces he liked was still there this year.

“He was kicking himself for not buying last year,” Tatone said. “He bought it this time. … He’s a firefighter in Florida who collects vintage eagle patriotic stuff. I had a replica of one made in the 1970s.”

Tatone acknowledged that being inside the Berry House can be a bit of a challenge as the building houses several businesses that cannot be seen from the street.

“People are still coming in who did not know we existed,” Tatone said. “That is one of the hard things about being in this little mall. People have no idea we are in here. … However, I have come to love all the people who come to shop here. I’ve made a lot of friends besides customers.”

Tatone said the store had a nice turnout for its second anniversary last year.

“But we are still under five years,” Tatone said, referring to how long she and her husband have been in business there. “People are still needing to know we are still here.”

Information is available by calling the store at 630-457-5024.

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