Near the intersection of Main and Second Streets, a historic town landmark has been brought back to former glory. Bay Emporium (112 South Second Street) houses thirteen different shops under one roof – offering from antiques to art. It's hardly the typical antique mall.
Time After Time is located just inside the building’s entrance and sets the tone for the unique variety found in the rest of Bay Emporium. The shop specializes in collectibles and antiques - ranging from glassware, quilts and pottery to primitives and fine furniture. The store is also the town’s exclusive purveyor of Swan Creek Candles.
Owner Pat Inglis explains that the shop’s selection changes out frequently since sales are brisk. She names three reasons for this: selection, pricing and condition.
Pat has built her reputation as an antiques dealer by seeking out the unusual. She was bitten by the antiques bug decades ago while she built her career as a restaurant manager in North Carolina. For fun, she would attend weekend auctions. Eventually, she began reselling her finds at outdoor markets. Soon, owners of area antique stores would be waiting in line for her to open in the mornings.
“I realized they were buying my finds and then reselling them at a big profit at their own stores,” says Pat. “I realized I needed to learn more about the things I was selling.”