Emporium brings antiques to new home
By Sam Elliott
A Carmel mainstay for more than 20 years now has a new home from which to help customers find antiques and collectables for theirs.
The Antique Emporium, formerly part of Shoshone Place, made the short move up Range Line to the Monon Square Shopping Center earlier this summer. It is now at 620 Range Line Rd.
The store had established itself at Shoshone Place and just celebrated its 20th anniversary there in February, but simple business decisions led to the Emporium’s relocation.
“The landlord was offered a lot more than what I had been paying, but I had a lease and the same landlord offered me two units here (at Monon Square),” owner Peg Durrer said. “So it was not a planned move in the beginning, but we’ve made a lot of changes and we increased our space by 600 square feet so we have room for more dealers.”
The interior wall separating two spaces at Monon Square was knocked down to give the Antique Emporium more room — and the shop has plenty of items with which to fill the space.
“I’ve already added two dealers,” Durrer said. “I have two booths that are being filled with estate pieces and once those are sold, I’ll open that space up for even more new dealers.”
The Emporium also has more room for what’s fondly referred to as its “Lampshade Shop,” a section of the store solely dedicated to parts and accessories for both antique and contemporary lamps.
Durrer has owned the store since February 1995, but has been in the antiques business as a dealer for 40 years now. She’s seen items and trends come and go as the industry has changed over the years, and now her latest change has the Antique Emporium in a new home at Monon Square.