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Rust2Roses inspires, charms

The proprietors are, from left Carol Breyer, Judy Forcier, Al Johnson, Ruth Ann Brady and Delora Peterson.

The interior of Rust2Roses is so unique; each nook and cranny demands a double-take.

And you’ll still miss something.

That elegant display that greets you as you walk into the store, topped with a stupendous arrangement of flowers – look again.

It’s a horse trough with castors and an old door laid across it. It’s now called the “horse trough harvest table.”

Behind it, a smaller display table holding a mannequin is actually an old water pump, something you’d see rusting on the farm. Now a high polished black, it could be an elegant addition to any home and a conversation piece to boot.

The Park Rapids store that sells vintage and re-purposed items, opened on the first block of Main in late September.

The store’s theme is “vintage inspiration for heart and home.” It features vintage accents, some antiques and a mix of old and new, said owner Judy Forcier.

A veteran of estate sales, rummage sales and others’ nooks and crannies where she spots items with promise, Forcier decided to lease space in the store to four longtime friends with similar interests.

Carol Breyer of Pelican Rapids, Al Johnson of Callaway, Ruth Ann Brady of Two Inlets and Delora Peterson of Nevis all contributed inventory.

Forcier spent years at Summerhill Farm, where she leased and operated The Vintage Gardener.

The 400 square foot building was cramped and Forcier left Summerhill this fall to put her fingerprint on her own space.

She calls the end product “inspirational, a visual delight.”

“We’ve had very nice compliments,” Brady said. The community has already given the entrepreneurs a warm welcome, the five agreed. Brady scours rummage sales for Scrabble pieces, which are big sellers.

The counter is a vintage item from an old Coast to Coast store covered in red linoleum. The cash register is a treasure, with wooden circular pockets for money.

Century-old columns grace each side of the front door. Actually, they’ve been standing 150 years.

Breyer makes unique jewelry, which is displayed on another unique table arrangement.

Pillows are displayed in a vintage laundry cart. All the displays are artsy and cleverly conceived. A repurposed two-wheel cart was transformed into an elegant coffee table, complete with silver service.

The five plan to take turns running the store, wedged in between Summerhill on Main and Sassy and Co., and open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays.

They spent many nights getting the store just right. The collaboration is whimsical, creative and inspiring. They call it “visual merchandising.”

All five vendors are enthusiastic about their presence downtown. Winter hours will be dependent on traffic.

Forcier also displays at SuLaines Antique Mall in Detroit Lakes. She’d like to organize Park Rapids’ vintage stores for special winter events, because she believes it’s better to collaborate than compete.

The store’s phone is 732-3012.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.

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