Two small businesses set for big expansions

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Two unrelated Salisbury antique, vintage and collectibles businesses are undergoing major expansions and moving to new homes next month.

Recollections by Jazz, which operated for several years from a garage shop on Jazz and Dwayne Mann's property has moved into the old Masonic Lodge, which was purchased by the couple and will become an antique mall.

Kayla’s Keepsakes, which Kayla Tingley launched just seven months ago in a rented storefront on Main Street, will move into the old Salisbury Tire and become an indoor flea market.

Jazz Mann said the antique mall will have a soft opening on Saturday at 10 a.m. and a grand opening a month later.

The Manns have been working 15 hours days to get the old Masonic Lodge, filled with history of its own, converted to the antique barn, she said.

“We’ve been going flat out since January," from re-doing the floors to lining up vendors, Jazz said.

At least 13 vendors will fill this space. “There’s something for everyone,” said Jazz, from vintage records and old posters from one vendor, to musical instruments, antiques and more.

“I hope people come with an open mind,” she said. “I love antiquing because of the history. There is so much history in Canada, but we are often so busy in our lives that we don’t stop to think about what has happened. It’s a way to see where we’ve been and where we are going."

There is no pressure buying, she said. “Hopefully people can be awed and inspired.”

She's also expecting some will come to see the inside of the lodge which is full of a history of its own.

Tingley plans to open at her new location on May 14 and have her grand opening two weeks later.

Although she opened her store only seven months ago, she said, “we’ve been more successful than we thought. We wanted to expand. We just feel now is the time to do it.”

Tingley said in the last couple of weeks alone many people have been coming into the store on their new route to and from work due to the causeway closure, bringing her new customers, some telling her they didn’t realize the village existed beyond the Big Stop.

The flea market will feature different types of locally owned businesses, including an ice cream store Tingley said will be called Scooptopia. She also plans to have an exotic candy store. Both will be part of her own contribution to businesses that make up the flea market besides Kayla’s Keepsakes.

For now, she and her partner Kirk, have been spending hours getting it ready while keeping her existing store open. With two toddlers at home to boot, she said they are tired, but excited.

The flea market is on Main Street, next to Aaron’s Coffee House. They are hoping to have 25 vendors in total.

The two entrepreneurs said they see no issue with launching similar expansions close together.

Tingley said she hopes that ways to joint-promote the businesses emerge, noting that Salisbury businesses have worked together throughout the pandemic and it has helped everyone.

Mann said she hopes to make a map that highlights all the businesses in town, as well as, antique shops throughout the province.

“If people are into antiquing maybe they can make a day or weekend trip out of it,” said Mann. “We want to boost the community as well.”

Clara Pasieka, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Telegraph-Journal