HARTFORD – State Representative Tim Ackert (R-8) joined local municipal leaders, family, and friends for a ribbon cutting ceremony to welcome Preserved Antiques to the Coventry village.
According to owner Melissa Tremblay, the goal of her store is to offer accessible and affordable merchandise that appeals to a vast array of shoppers from the novice collector to the more experienced ones.
As a first-time business owner, Tremblay said she felt the need to make a change in her life and decided to do something she was passionate about. Tremblay visited the area as a young kid and said she chose the village because she loved the area.
“With the recent addition of Preserved Antiques, the third business to have settled into the village in the last three months, only provides further proof to just how desirable this location has become,” Rep. Ackert said. “The village is succeeding in its efforts to not only attract new businesses, but to also feature the types of shops that will bring people to this area all year long.”
Approximately 26 businesses make-up the village area, with another building currently under renovation after having been recently sold. It is expected that the business will house three to four professional offices. Reid’s Grill and Creamery which closed about 6 months ago is also expected to re-open this April.
The former Beebe House Restaurant at 1011 Main Street is currently the only space available at the moment for purchase. The building features a split level design with the possibility of a second floor residence and business below.
Representative Ackert also presented Tremblay with a legislative citation to officially commemorate the occasion.
“I want to welcome Melissa to the community and wish her many years of prosperity and success,” Rep. Ackert said.
Preserved Antiques is located at 1155 Main Street on Route 31, right next door to Hammerhead Health and Coventry Fitness.