WAPAKONETA — When Roval Antique owner Rochelle Vallee decided to relocate her business to Wapakoneta in 2016, she was determined to bring something to the town that no one had ever offered before.
“I was going to initially open as a boutique with purses and clothes and found that this not what this town is about,” Vallee said. “This town is all about antiques.”
Vallee not only sells antiques but also re-purposed items and various other items from more than 30 vendors, such as candles, syrups, fairy garden items, jewelry and furniture. She also offers a service that strips, repairs and finishes older items to restore their original luster.
For customers looking to create their own re-purposed items, they can explore the re-purpose room, where they can find windows, doors, cabinets and more.
“People watch HDTV shows, and they figured they can do it too, but they don’t have an outlet to make those products,” she said. “We’re the only place here in town that has that outlet.”
In 2018 she plans to not only expand the re-purpose room but to begin teaching a variety of classes. Students will learn techniques for making jewelry and how to tear it apart and turn it into something else. In the future she hopes to teach glass making, painting, stripping and repairing classes.
If it were not for support the city of Wapakoneta, Roval said that her business on 30 W. Auglaize St. would not be as successful as it is today.
“It’s been a very warming community-driven experience,” she said. “Not only does everyone support the school system, but people support one another.”
More importantly, Vallee takes pride in her business because she knows that she helps vendors and small business earn an extra income, which she said is a very rewarding experience.
“When you help an organization like us, you are helping families, you’re helping people grow and expand to develop and help keep the lights on and develop downtown,” she said. “Without the small businesses downtown, there wouldn’t be a downtown.”
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