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A new business on Monticello Avenue is hoping to inspire a rebirth in the Williamsburg Shopping Center.
The Rusty Cricket consignment store opened its doors in the shopping center June 30. The store specializes in home décor, furnishings and art work.
The store is co-owned by Theresa Falis and Barbara Spady, both of whom said they had a passion for antiques.
Falis said she inherited her love for antiques and interior design from her mother.
“She believed in reusing, recycling things,” Falis said.
The two women discovered their shared love while working together at a local bank. Spady had been interested in opening a consignment store, but did not want to launch the venture alone. Falis operated a booth at the Williamsburg Antique Mall for a time.
They decided to go into business together.
“We kind of complement one another,” Spady said.
The name of the store came from a New Year’s Eve conversation with a friend of Spady’s son and daughter-in-law.
“I was saying, we have this idea for a store, but we don’t have a name,” Spady said. “She said [Rusty Cricket], and I immediately loved it.”
Spady said the “rusty” evokes the antique nature of the objects for sale, while crickets are traditional symbols of good luck.
With their store newly named, Falis and Spady looked for a location for several months, but were unsatisfied with the results.
“None of them really felt right,” Spady said.
When they discovered the location in the Williamsburg Shopping Center, that feeling changed.
Both women said the storefront’s proximity to downtown Williamsburg and access to major thoroughfares like Richmond Road and Monticello Avenue were attractive.
“We think there’s great potential for rebirth in the shopping center,” Falis said.
Falis and Spady have not advertised the store, relying instead on word-of-mouth and shopper curiosity. They said the store has received positive reviews.
“Williamsburg is a melting pot,” Spady said. “You have people reaching the age to maybe look into downsizing or relocating to elder care, and you have younger people and couples moving in who are looking to get started.”
The Rusty Cricket is open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.