Ringgold Feed and Seed Antiques will be hosting a grand opening on Thursday for their new antique mall in downtown Ringgold. Located inside the former Callaway Brother's 'Feed and Seed' at 403 High St., the antique store will be bringing new life to an historic piece of property for the community.
"We have vendors that specialize in vintage radios, primitives, antiques, mid century, rusty wares, industrial and handmade items," said Feed & Seed Antiques co-owner Gay Crane. Mrs. Crane and co-owner Joseph Oliver may be bringing a new business to Ringgold, but this isn't their first experience in the world of antiques. "[We] have had many years working in retail, with several years working around antiques and learning the trade," said Mrs Crane, "Our partnership was formed out of our mutual love for old things and our desire to have fun doing what we love the most."
The new co-owners hope that re-capturing the historical character of the former Callaway store and cotton gin will make the outlet a unique destination. The Callaway family began operations of the Cotton Gin in 1929 and provided service for area farmers for 73 years. According to the co-owners, their renovations began in October of 2013. "While working on the building, we have had numerous people stop by just to share a story about their wonderful memories of the Callaway family business." said Mrs. Crane. "I have heard about children taking their first steps in our building, community problems being solved on the front porch of the Gin, and the great suckers they got as children when they came in with their dad," said Mrs. Crane.
Enclosing approximately 4,000 square feet of retail space in their first phase of construction will provide up to 20 vendors with booths to display their antique merchandise. Vendor booths are being divided up using antique architectural items, such as doors and fencing, to build out the store. The second phase of construction will add additional booths and by spring and summer, the Feed & Seed hopes to host 'outdoor market' type events.
"The Downtown Development Authority is always happy to see iconic buildings in Ringgold being brought back to life with innovative ideas," explained Joseph Brellenthin, the director for the Ringgold Downtown Development Authority. "Ringgold has such a great collection of antique and boutique outlets that it's a great way for tourists passing on I-75 to experience a part of our history and community culture," said Mr. Brellenthin. According to the Georgia Department of Transportation website, traffic at the Ringgold exit on I-75 can averages about 81,000 vehicles per day.
Regular business hours will be Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Additional information can be found online at "RinggoldFeedandSeed.com" or on Facebook by searching for "Ringgold Feed and Seed" as well as on Instagram at "instagram.com/RinggoldFeedandSeed." For more information about the store, customers can call 706.935-SEED (7333).
Ringgold Feed and Seed Antiques will open on Thursday
- Photo2 by City of Ringgold staff