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Seven years ago, White Street Market opened its doors in Frankfort under the ownership of Vickie Hansen and her daughter. After Hansen’s recent retirement, the store was sold to local resident Lisa Glancy, who has made the store her own without losing the character it started with.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony held by the Frankfort Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, Sept. 13, at the shop recognized White Street Market's official reopening under new management. Surrounded by family, friends, loyal customers, Frankfort Mayor Jim Holland and members of the Chamber of Commerce, Glancy was presented with a pair of oversized scissors and cut the symbolic ribbon to celebrate her new endeavor.
“I congratulate them,” Jim Holland said. “The shop has things that are harder to find at a chain store. In Frankfort many of the stores like this are in the downtown, but people need to realize they’re out in shopping centers like this too.”
His wife, Stacy Holland, said that she likes the merchandise expansion, particularly the clothes line.
“It’s wonderful place to get a unique gift for someone,” Stacy Holland said. “[Glancy] has taken what it was before and just expanded it.”
Glancy said that with a background in corporate communications and marketing, she never saw herself going into retail, but the opportunity fell into her lap after a friend called to tell her the store was closing and being sold.
“My husband had been talking about buying a business, so I called him and said, 'It may not be the business for you but it’s the one for me',” Glancy said. “I met with Vickie Hansen and it just happened. Next thing I know, I own it.”
Glancy signed the papers March 9 and became the new owner of White Street Market.
“It’s the most beautiful shop; there’s so many treasures to find,” Frankfort resident Kristen Eaton said. There's something for everyone.”
Glancy said that she would love to see White Street Market continue to grow. “I want to continue to make elegant home decor and fashion accessible to people,” Glancy said.
One thing that attracts customers from across the area is the rare water-based Annie Sloan chalk paint sold at the shop.
Employee Geri Savaria, a friend of Glancy's, said she was happy when Glancy said she would buy the store because she didn’t want to see the store leave Frankfort.
“People come in all the time and say how happy they are that Lisa took it over and how much the inventory has grown in the past six months,” Savaria said. “Vickie was the brainchild behind this, but Lisa has continued that but added her own flair and personality to this.”
While the name and location stayed the same, there have been some additions in inventory since Glancy took over the business.
“We have such loyal customers here,” Savaria said. “When Vickie first opened it, it was a lot of repurposed furniture and decor. Now we have clothing and jewelry along with the home decor. And the chalk paint is a blessing because it brings people in all the time.”
Glancy said that as a Frankfort resident of more than 18 years, keeping this shop not only open but local meant a lot to her.
“We were so happy to keep it in Frankfort,” Glancy said.
Frankfort Station - September 2018