Supporters show their pride for Keeping Treasures Alive's grand opening in Ringgold. Pictured from left to right are Doug Goodwin, Denise Goodwin, Robin Leach, Joy Thorton, Brandy Young, Joy Pfeifer, Rodney Pfeifer, Linda Mitchell.
- photo by Joseph Brellenthin
Ringgold welcomed another new business to downtown with the grand opening of "Keeping Treasures Alive" on Nashville Street. Family and friends gathered to welcome the new antique and collectibles store to the downtown area. The newest addition to Ringgold's downtown merchants will offer everything from antique furniture and dish sets to quilts and collectible items. The store will also feature an growing selection of custom made jewelry.
"There is something here for everyone," said Linda Mitchell, the proud mother of owner Joy Pfeifer. Mrs. Pfeifer and her husband Rodney were busy all morning greeting guests and well-wishers coming to see the grand opening. Speaking about working in downtown, Mrs. Pfeifer said, "It's so great that everyone, all the business owners and other antique shops, all work together and are so supportive and cooperative."
Joseph Brellenthin, the Director of Downtown Development for the City of Ringgold explained, "We would love to see a stronger 'shop local' movement in the downtown area and adding fun stores like this will help encourage that." Studies have shown that shopping at locally owned retailers can keep money within the local economy. "When someone buys goods and services from a local retailer, chances are that retailer's profits will go on to buy goods and services right back here at home rather than sending those dollars off to a national or international retailer," said Mr. Brellenthin.
"Keeping Treasures Alive: Antiques and Collectibles" is located at the corner of Nashville St. and Cleveland St. and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information call 706/965-7577.