Old and new treasures will soon breathe life back into the empty building on the corner of Northside Drive and West Academy Street in Gainesville thanks to Out of the Cedar Chest Antiques and Interiors.
Julia Nycz, who co-owns the business with her mother and sister, said they plan to open the antique mall around late February to early March. The Gainesville store will become the shop’s second location.
Nycz has operated the original location in Cumming for over two years with her family. By opening another business in Gainesville, Nycz said she hopes to fill the city’s antique-shopping void.
“We’re excited to be a part of the community,” she said. “We’ve already had so many dealers and customers reach out to us that are genuinely excited for us to be here. The city of Gainesville has given us a warm welcome.”
Nycz said she purchased the two-story, 34,000-square-foot building with her family on July 29, 2020. Over the years, the structure has housed several businesses like Lakeview Interiors and Treasures for Your Home.
Since the summer, the Nycz family has worked to restore the building, which was originally constructed in the ‘70s. Nycz said around $200,000 has been poured into the renovations, including installing plumbing, lights, interior walls and an emergency staircase.
“It was a shell,” she said. “It needed everything.”
Searching for antiques has played a major role in Nycz’s life since childhood. At 11, she said her mother, Diane, began taking her to auctions, and since then, her passion hasn’t dampened.
“It goes back to the stuff within the shop — the hunt,” Nycz added. “I’ve got a good 15 years of history behind it.”
When people enter Out of the Cedar Chest in Gainesville, Nycz said they’ll see a mix of antique and vintage items, as well as modern merchandise. The ground floor of the building will have 80 booths, ranging from 60 to 300 square feet, that will include pieces from local vendors. Nycz added that many of the dealers have thematic spaces with cohesive merchandise. Once the first floor becomes full of items, she intends to expand the inventory upstairs and open it to shoppers.
So far, she said the business has 25% of its vendor booths still available.
To become one of the shop’s dealers, call Out of the Cedar Chest at 770-406-8604.