Sherl Jacquez built the bar she stands behind as she talks about why she opened Goshen Creek Antiques and More.
With some help, she also constructed a trio of tables that flank the front wall.
“I do the wood benches, the stands, the shelves,” she said, pointing out her wares across the room, “just about everything you see wood, we built.”
It’s her love for creating crafts that inspired her to turn what was once a bar into an antique shop.
“I drove by this place and saw it was for rent ... and I thought, you know I could do something with this. I love antiques. They go very good with crafts too.”
Open for several weeks, the business is doing so well that Jacquez plans on expanding to accommodate more vendors. Currently, there are about a dozen, selling everything from antiques to candles to knickknacks. Each vendor gets an eight-by-five-foot space and Jacquez collects 15 percent of sales monthly.
“I like to have antiques, but some people don’t have antiques. So it’s whatever you think is going to sell, and if you have antiques throw it in with it.”
In addition to customers from the area stopping in, Jacquez said folks from North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland and Ohio have come through the Smithtown Road business’ front door.
The shop is open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. seven days a week. And eventually, in addition to antiques, Jacquez hopes to sell food.
“There’s no restaurants out here,” she said, adding that those who live in the area are “tired of going to Morgantown looking for a place to eat.”
Her vision is to serve home-style fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner that includes meals like biscuits and gravy, meatball hoagies, cheeseburgers, chicken noodle soup and lasagna.
“I just did chili the other day, and it went real well,” she said.
There’s no set timeline on when the restaurant will be incorporated into the store.
Until then, though, Jacquez said she’s happy to finally have a place to do what she’s wanted for a long time.
“I started this when I was 18 years old,” she said of her crafts, “and I’m almost 50, and I just keep doing it.”