OTTAWA — The Eclectic Company, a small vintage, antique and jewelry store in Ottawa owned by Kay Heringhaus and her daughter Suzy Strayer, held a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday after Heringhaus became a member of the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce.
The store opened in November 2016 after Strayer’s brother, Jeff Heringhaus, purchased the building, which used to be the Unverferth Law Offices, Strayer said. The store front was still full of equipment from the law office, like old typewriters, and took all spring and summer of 2016 to refurbish into a store front, she said.
“Both of us had some retail experience,” Strayer said. “I did crafts and craft shows. When Mom got close to retiring, she started going to antique shows.”
Heringhaus said it was a way to fill her golden years and she had always really liked antiques.
“My grandparents lived on a farm and we had older things I grew up with,” Heringhaus said. “My aunts and mother always entertained with nice dishes.”
The two women find vintage and antique items and jewelry, purchase it, clean and repair it as needed and then resell it at The Eclectic Company, Strayer said.
One such item is a vintage coin operated railroad crossing and train kiddie ride purchased in Paulding. Strayer said the individual she purchased it from said the ride once sat outside of a local grocery store. Now it has a prominent position in the middle of the front showroom.
The store also has a shelf dedicated to vintage Pez dispensers, a case of new and vintage jewelry and wide variety of other vintage and antique items for sale.
“We’re not afraid to get down and dirty at garage sales, estate sales and auctions,” Strayer said. “You never know where treasure may lie. You never know what you may find.”
The Eclectic Company is located at 234 E. Main St., Ottawa, between Always Blessed and Signature Look Boutique. They are open Thursday and Friday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Strayer said Heringhaus might be available to provide after hours access to the store and interested individuals may call 567-376-0201 to make an appointment.
Reach Bryan Reynolds at 567-242-0362