Two Crows Antiques flies into Ranson
RANSON — The grand opening of Two Crows Antiques in Ranson on Saturday had many folks out looking for just the right item to enhance their home or collection.
Cheryl Burns, who owns the company along with her husband, Ed Burns, said they had previously been located at the Halltown Indoor Flea Market’s Collectible Treasures location, but had been hoping to find a location in which to expand their collection and offer space to others.
“We had previously managed a mall in Maryland as well, and we wanted to do this ourselves,” Cheryl said, mentioning they have been buying and selling antiques for many years.
Many vendors and staffers from the Halltown market relocated to Ranson, where they now rent space and offer more “upscale” antiques and collectibles. More than 50 dealers have now found a home at Two Crows, which Cheryl said was named in honor of her mother.
“It’s in memory of my mom,” Cheryl said. “My mother loved crows. She would hand feed a flock of them, so that’s where the name came from.”
According to Cheryl, along with offering spaces for antique dealers — most of whom are local vendors — the business offers goods like jams, jellies and sauces at Two Crows Country Market.
Many of the spaces set up within the antique mall focus on themed goods, including Civil War memorabilia, glassware and antique games and toys. Primitives and collectibles of all kinds can be found in beautifully decorated spaces that allow the vendors to showcase their goods.
“The space is at capacity already. If I had room to expand, I’d do it now,” Cheryl said.
Toni Visconti, of Shepherdstown, attended the grand opening, and said that most of the vendors are friends of hers.
“I am here supporting them,” Visconti said, as she carried a basket filled with some items she had found. “You never come looking for something specific. You come in and you find something you didn’t know you needed.”
Sandra Zapkin, of Rochester, N.Y., agreed, saying she would visit again.
“I have found several things I would like to have, but don’t have the space to take home on my flight. I’ll be back next time I’m in town to see what else is available,” Zapkin said.
Located at 1212 North Mildred Street, the business offers hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. They will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday.