By DAVID BORAKS
Scot Slusarick and Janie Blackstock discovered they had a lot in common while working on Davidson Community Players’ show “Rumors” a year ago. So much so that they’re now a couple, and starting a home decor and furniture business called The Rumor Mill Market – for the show that introduced them and its location in an old cotton mill in downtown Davidson.
The Rumor Mill plans a ribbon cutting Saturday at 9am. See below.
The Huntersville couple have been renting booths at other antique and furniture markets, including one in Matthews where they still sell. But when they heard about an open space at the Metrolina Warehouse on Depot Street, closer to home, they saw a chance to go into business for themselves. Slusarick calls the mill and the location “a perfect fit.”
“We love Davidson. It has one of the highest per capita incomes in North Carolina,” Slusarik said Wednesday. “So far we’ve had an excellent response from the locals.”
The Rumor Mill opened two weekends ago, before the start of public school classes in the area. It’s a multi-vendor market, with work by local artists, shabby chic furniture booths, antiques, home decor and “funky finds.” Some of the pieces are made by the vendors themselves, including Slusarik, who fondly points out an old claw-foot bathtub he turned into a couch (you have to see it!) and a folk-art guitar wall hanging.
The vendors “are all artisans and furniture flippers from around the area,” he said.
Many of the vendors scour yard and estate sales or thrift stores in search of items they can fix up and sell, such as an old trunk selling for $30 that can be sold for $300 or more. “It can be quite lucrative … and still give somebody a good price.”
Slusarick said he already has sold out all the booths (he’s charging $3 a square foot) in the 2,250-square foot space. In the coming months, he hopes to expand into a vacant 3,500 square feet next door that once housed the massive Davidson Furniture outlet.
THE RUMOR MILL MARKET
217A Depot St., in the Metrolina Warehouse, Davidson.
Hours: Wednesdays to Fridays, noon to 6pm; Saturdays 9am to 6pm, Sundays 1-6pm.
A ribbon cutting with the Lake Norman Chamber is planned at the market this Saturday, Sept. 7, 9am. Open to all.