Simon Place offers unique trinkets and treasures

by Carolynne Fitzpatrick
Staff Writer
Sep. 24, 2004

There’s a new treasure trove in town that wants to meet your trinket and collectible needs: Simon Place, run by Judy Simon, of Mount Airy.

This store will celebrate its grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 25, and visitors can stop by to see Simon’s unique pieces, while nibbling on assorted goodies.

Simon said her store’s motto is "antiques, collectibles and treasures you just can’t live without," and through her store visitors will see it’s true.

Delicate glass plates and dishes adorn antique tables and other furniture. Old Mason jars, sparkling clean, line up inside an antique cupboard.

Linens are hung, draped and displayed throughout the store. This cozy store is set up like your grandmother’s house, with plenty of room between and around displays of antiques, collectibles and trinkets. Simon Place offers guests a glimpse into the past.

Simon herself has been an antique collector for many years and is happy to have a dream come true, like opening up her own antique store.

Simon, who has lived in Mount Airy for about two and a half years, is currently employed by the federal government and is transitioning into retirement so she can run the store full-time.

"I’ve always been buying things," she said, adding that she was happy to share the items with others.

Simon Place will be a forum for her to market her antiques ­ and other items she’ll collect to sell.

And her store will allow her to collect antiques for a purpose rather than just her entertainment, she said.

Simon said she arrived at the idea of opening her store without really thinking about it. One day she and Ben Gue and Ricky Lawson, both of Ben Gue’s Gifts and Collectibles, were talking over cake she had just purchased when Gue asked her a question.

"Ben said, ‘Welcome to Mount Airy, what’s your dream?’" Simon said, adding that she was surprised at her answer. She said she wanted to open up a retail store ­ and here she is.

Simon credits Gue and Lawson for getting her involved in the business, adding that both have been supportive of her, along with the rest of Mount Airy.

"I’ve been very blessed to have my dreams come true," Simon said.

Her pieces are unique and individual, and Simon tries to keep items at reasonable prices. "It’s a nice mix of old and new," she added. "It’s a fun place to shop."

Stop by Simon Place, located at 102 South Main Street, on Wednesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The store joins other downtown businesses for "Late Night Thursdays," staying open until 7 p.m. For more information call the store at 301-829-7966 during business hours.

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