In August, 2014, Phillip and Monica Palmer opened Blackwater Trail Antiques and More, located at the corner of Stewart and Berryhill Street in Milton, realizing a dream of owning their own gift shop and antique store. “Within a month we remodeled the house and we had enough vendors to open,” said Monica. The couple had worked in real estate since the mid 90’s and decided to do something different. Monica said although Phillip still works in real estate, the store takes the majority of their time.
Blackwater Trail Antiques and More is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.; Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. Visit their website at www.blackwatertrailantiques.com and visit their Facebook and Instagram pages. Call 850-898-1008 for more information.
Monica said one day her granddaughter was in a dance class across the street and she noticed an opportunity. She made some calls and things just fell into place.
“It was just a God thing,” she said, “He laid the path, we did the rest. There was plenty of interest.”
The couple agreed the success comes with having so many different types of items available to their customers; the business is growing.
“We carry clothing, jewelry, shoes, free range eggs, bath and body items, local honey, flower arrangements, beach souvenirs, concealed weapon purses, vintage items and antiques,” said Monica, “We have around 40 vendors and some who specialize in certain items, like the bird houses hanging on the porch. At any time we have around 300 unique bird houses with prices ranging from $5 to $21.”
“We wanted to have a business in the community that has convenient, affordable gifts with a variety of vendors. That’s why we have a clothing boutique, crafts, books and the like,” said Monica.
Recently, the business expanded to a second building behind the store called the Carriage House. Currently, the carriage house has one vendor who keeps the area well stocked with vintage furniture and craft items. Phillip said within the next month the business will expand to the patio area which will hold lawn art and ornaments for the outdoor patios.
Blackwater Trail Antiques and More has an event every month for vendors to sell their wares including farmers, artists and crafters from around the area.