Now and Then an­tiques set­tling in

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By Sean Wil­liams SJ Correspondent

Down­town Rock­mart is in a per­pet­ual state of change. Busi­nesses can open and close with­out warn­ing, but the sup­ply of en­trepreneurs will­ing to head down­town and chase a dream is never end­ing.

In par­tic­u­lar, co- own­ers Bob­bie Fuller and Tina Lanier es­tab­lished a home for busi­ness Now and Then at 106 E. Church St. in a build­ing that has housed nu­mer­ous oth­ers in the past.

“The build­ing has been an art gallery, a hard­ware store, an auc­tion, a gym and a fur­ni­ture store,” Lanier said.

How­ever, nearly two months into busi­ness, Now and Then is still sell­ing rare, vin­tage an­tiques, re-pur­posed items, and decor with­out any sign of slow­ing down or for­feit­ing the build­ing.

An­tiques and dé­cor aren’t new to the city, but Now and Then is one of the few stores that of­fer im­ported goods.

“Many of our items are im­ported from Eastern Europe,” Lanier said. “We have a mix of an­tiques, high end vin­tage fur­ni­ture, leather fur­ni­ture, home dé­cor and gifts in Tra­di­tional, In­dus­trial, Farm­house, Mid­cen­tury, BoHo and Prim­i­tive dec­o­rat­ing styles.”

The theme of the store is to mix the old and the new, the now and the then. Mod­ern re-pur­posed fur­ni­ture is put on a pedestal next to re-pur­posed 1800s Euro­pean brick molds, and carved Amer­i­can drift­wood trees can be found next to hand-carved wooden bowls.

Lanier has over 35 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in con­sult­ing and sales that she uses to help price and se­lect items, but Now and Then still main­tains cheap costs. “Prices vary, but many of our items are be­ing sold for far un­der what they should be,” Lanier said. Im­ported Euro­pean goods may seem out of reach to some, but the store’s low prices mean hav­ing 1800s hand­crafted fur­ni­ture in one’s liv­ing room isn’t just a dream.

Now and Then also rents items to pho­tog­ra­phers, wed­ding plan­ners, real­tors, builders, and more. Those in­ter­ested in rent­ing from Now and Then can visit the store in per­son or email the own­ers at thenand­nowofrock­mart@ gmail. com for a quote. The store is closed on Mon­days, open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tues­day through Satur­day, and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sun­day.

The busi­ness doesn’t stop with buy­ing and rent­ing an­tiques, how­ever. Fuller of­fers Art and Flo­ral de­sign classes for any cus­tomer look­ing to take their art and de­signs to the next level. For more in­for­ma­tion on classes and rates, con­tact Fuller at 678-883-9300 or email the teacher at thenand­nowofrock­mart@gmail.com.

The store is young, but the idea for the store has been around for 4 to 5 years.

“We were col­lect­ing and wait­ing for the right tim­ing,” Lanier said.

With the town’s an­tique in­dus­try one store larger, the own­ers have a spe­cific goal in mind for the city.

“We want to ad­ver­tise to the tri-county area and po­ten­tially make Rock­mart the des­ti­na­tion for an­tiques,” Lanier added.

Those look­ing to start a col­lec­tion, try a new dec­o­rat­ing style, or get a taste of im­ported goods should pay a visit to Now and Then where new and old walk side by side.

Sean Wil­liams / Stan­dard Jour­nal

Now and Then is lo­cated at 106 E. Church St. in Rock­mart.

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