Hanna Rycroft and Carl MacIntyre were almost overwhelmed by the numbers of people who came out to attend the official opening of their new business venture, Gallery 59, in the Morrisburg Plaza, on Saturday, October 5.
“There are a gazillion people to thank, really,” Hanna Rycroft laughed. “We have over 600 items on our floor, and we could never have been ready to open without all the help we received. There’s been a big response to our open house today. We are very proud of this store, and we also thank the vendors for their trust.”
Gallery 59 deals in antiques and collectibles. It is a multi vendor market, with four local vendors and one Montreal vendor showing in the store.
“We would like Morrisburg to become a destination for antiques seekers,” Rycroft said. “Based on the response to Antiquefest, we feel there is a real market out there. Morrisburg is close to Ottawa and Montreal, and on a major route. With the Playhouse, and our other business, the Basket Case Café, drawing visitors to town, we think there are real possibilities.”
Rycroft and MacIntrye had been thinking about an antiques venture, but credit the local and visitors’ response to the Antiquefest held in the Plaza for the first time this summer as the final “push” they needed. With the financial assistance and support of Doug Grenkie, the co-owners began setting up the store in August.
Beautiful objects of art, furniture, glass ware, china, toys and other collectibles are now all on display at the re-furbished site. Visitors are always welcome at Gallery 59, for “today’s visitor may be tomorrow’s buyer,” Rycroft said.
The reverend Janet Evans of Williamsburg United Church offered a special prayer for the new business. Eric Duncan, representing MP Guy Lauzon brought congratulations to a “dedicated and hard-working couple” as they celebrate “a new milestone, a new business.”
South Dundas mayor Steven Byvelds, joined by a number of council members, offered the municipality’s best wishes on the “newest addition to our plaza.”
Chuck Barkley, president of the South Dundas Chamber of Commerce, called Gallery 59 a “total asset to our business community. Carl and Hanna offer great customer service and great products. They are an inspiration to us all.”
“We are totally excited about our venture,” the owners said.