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2009-12-02 / Marketplace

St. Nick’s Warehouse celebrates fourth year; new location in Imlay City

BY NANCY ANGELLOTTI STAFF WRITER

Owner Karen Garner tends to one of her displays at St. Nick’s Warehouse. Photo by NANCY ANGELLOTTI Owner Karen Garner tends to one of her displays at St. Nick’s Warehouse. Photo by NANCY ANGELLOTTI IMLAY CITY — St. Nick’s Warehouse is back for its fourth season in a new location. The seasonal craft/vendor mall is now located in the shopping center at the corner of M-53 and M-21 in Imlay City, in the spot where Goodwill was formerly located.

“I think our location is phenomenal,” says Karen Garner. Garner runs the shop along with Linda Lopiccola. By making the move, the shop grew from 2,400 square feet to 5,600 square feet. Garner says the visibility for the shop, ample parking and big window frontage are also pluses.

Inside the shop 35 vendors have their wares on display. Garner says that creativity is the key requirement. She looks for unique products that are “quality-made.”

“I have a nice selection on a regular basis,” says Garner. Vendors are offering a wide variety of items. Shoppers will find a diverse marketplace encompassing everything from purses and jewelry to wooden decor, candles, and chocolates. Shabby chic, pampered pet wear, gift baskets and soaps are also among the offerings.

Returning to the vendor group this year is metal art from the Salvage Sisters. The unique yard art has something for everyone, including whimsical wildlife and folk themes.

Also new this year, one vendor is offering personalized CDs and books incorporating, for example, a child’s name into the story.

The shop also is offering layaway and gift certificates this year.

St. Nick’s Warehouse started four years ago when Garner and her husband, Larry, got the idea for the seasonal craft mall.

“My husband and I have been crafters for about 17 years,” says Garner. “As the children aged and left the house one by one, my husband and I decided it would be kind of neat.”

“It’s been a success ever since,” says Garner. Things have gone so well that customers have been asking that the mall stay open yearround. Garner and Lopiccola are considering it. They will test the waters by keeping St. Nick’s open through January.

On Dec. 12, St. Nick’s Warehouse is hosting its Christmas Extravaganza from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The special day will include a Native American flute performance and soup sampling through Motown Soup Ministries. The non-profit organization sells the soups to benefit homeless shelters in the inner city of Detroit. Also that day, vendors will be on hand to talk about their work. Door prizes will be part of the event fun, too.

St. Nick’s Warehouse is at 579 N. Cedar St., at the northwest corner of M-53 and M-21 in Imlay City. Hours through Dec. 31 are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. The shop can be reached at 810-441-8518 or 810- 245-8384. Some vendor spaces are still available.

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