Company Profile / At the mall, Flashback Antiques is booming
Business is booming for Ann Craig, owner of Flashback Antiques and Crafts.
A year ago, the Monroe resident opened her business in one of the vacant storefronts at the Monroe Mall, 2121 N. Monroe St.
This month, it celebrates the inauguration of its new location in the mall; a larger space formerly occupied by the Hallmark Gold Crown store.
“With more than tripling our space, we have a lot of new stuff, including our play center lounge and pop-up craft displays,” Craig said.
The store provides a place where sellers can rent space for their antiques and crafts. Customers often visit the store in search of vintage jewelry, decorative signs and record albums. Currently, Craig works with over 40 different vendors, who receive a weekly spreadsheet of their sales and are paid monthly.
Its goal is to provide its salespeople with business coaching so that antique dealers and artisans can turn a hobby into a full-time job. Booth rentals are based on size and vendors are required to sign a contract for at least three months.
Craftsmanship has always been a part of Craig’s life.
“From sewing pillows to burning wood, I’ve done a bit of everything,” she said. “More recently, I have started making jewelry, jewelry displays, and artwork from driftwood, stones, and glass found around Lake Erie.”
Along with the new space Craig is adding to her business, she features pop-up craft exhibits and a lounge for games.
The pop-ups will mimic typical craft shows where crafters pay a flat fee for the day or weekend and sell their wares. Near the back of the store will be the game center where vintage and retro video game consoles will be available for customers to play for a nominal fee.
“We’re bringing back the first-release experience of many of these games,” Craig said. “We will also be hosting tournament-style competitions as well as streaming retro games online. As it stands, we’ll have Sega, Nintendo 64, NES, and even PlayStation One.
Future plans for the gaming lounge include adding tabletop games and a Dungeons and Dragons night.
Craig has ambitious goals to accomplish over the next five years, including having over 300 vendors and growing Flashback as a brand by selling products online using the store’s website.
As for the space she’s leaving, Craig isn’t sure what might occupy the empty storefront, but said changes are happening in the mall, including the arrival of a Mexican restaurant and the expansion of other stores.
Flashback Antiques and Crafts
Owner: Ann Craig of Monroe
Location: 2121 N. Monroe St. (unit 210 inside Monroe Mall)
Services: Provides a location for vendors to rent space for their antiques and crafts; game room