COSHOCTON – Sisters Debbie Ungurean and Patti Ridenbaugh grew up hunting for antiques with family and have now turned their hobby into a business.
Kozy Kottage Antiques & Gifts will have its grand opening on Friday, March 24 with a special drawing for those who stop by. The store will feature a variety of items including antiques, painted furniture, primitives, neon beer lights and possibly metal beer signs.
“We will keep a list of things people would like to see in here too, but we won’t be doing any consignment,” Ungurean said. “We will have a bulletin board though were people can post pictures of things like big antique furniture that they might be selling.”
They also will feature candles from The 1824 Candle Company, which are made by their cousin in Wooster and paintings done by their late aunt Jeanne Albertson Wheeler. The fenced-in area behind the store with a covered patio will have primitive outdoor items for people to decorate their yard with.
“I’ve always wanted to have a shop here like this,” Ungurean said. “My daughter and I had one for a while in Westerville, but my family has owned this building since the early ‘80s. We had to clean it up anyways (after the other guy moved out) so we thought we would do this.”
They also believe the store will help other antique and primitive businesses in the area.
“I think it was my daughter who said if you have more than one then it becomes a destination,” Ungurean said.
One of their favorite pieces in the store is a yellow table and chairs set that they put together from various sources.
“It really came together and looks nothing like it did to begin with,” Ridenbaugh said.
Another piece on display that they like is a desk chair they worked together on.
“Patti painted it and I recovered the seat,” Ungurean said. “I really like to refurbish things and give them new life.”
Ridenbaugh enjoys the finding part of their business and especially likes old furniture.
“It’s made so much better than the stuff made out of pressboard,” she said.
Ridenbaugh noted that the sisters plan to make sure the merchandise in the store doesn’t get stale.
“We are going to change things around every week and make it look different,” Ungurean said. “We also plan to buy right so we can price right.”
Kozy Kottage Antiques & Gifts will regularly be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The address is 1330 S. Sixth St., but both Ungurean and Ridenbaugh agreed it might be better known as the purple building at the corner of South Sixth and Brown’s Lane. When you stop by, be prepared to be greeted by the shop’s dog, Patsy Cline. You can pet her for free while your children enjoy a sucker.