Archive for Thursday, December 12, 2002

Grand Central stationed downtown

December 12, 2002

Just as the name indicates, there's always something coming or going at Grand Central.

Owner Vicki Evans said she was always putting new merchandise on the floor at the new Eudora business, 736-B Main St., where help from Evans' boyfriend, brother and sister make it a group effort.

"People just need to come in and shop around," Evans said. "There's a lot of stuff. You never know what we're going to have out."

Grand Central specializes in new and used furniture as well as reasonably-priced antiques.

"We buy stuff cheap, and we try to sell it cheap," Evans said.

She said they liked having customers afford to be reunited with items they remembered from childhood.

"They say, 'Oh, my mom had that when I was little," she said. "It sounds corny, but we really get a kick out it."

The store includes new couches, antique dishes and kitchen items, as well as used furniture and "cottage" furniture, like a cabinet whose back is constructed from an old door, complete with the hole for the doorknob. Collecting the items began more than a year ago, Evans said.

"My dad's basement was full," she said. "We said it was about time (to open)."

The store had its grand opening event Saturday, and Evans said she hoped to build the business on customers who peruse Quilting Bits and Pieces next door.

"That's what really attracted us to this spot," she said.

Although she graduated from high school in Lawrence, Evans' store is bonded with the community because her brother and sister are Eudora alumni.

"We thought it would be nice to come back to Eudora," she said.

So far, most of Grand Central's customers have been locals, Evans said, and they've given the store a lot of nice compliments.

"They're really supporting us," she said. "That's been a big booster."

Grand Central is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays.

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