Monday, August 13, 2012

A Hidden Gem in Salem

Somehow the grand opening of a cool new store here in Salem last December escaped my notice.  Well, I never!!  Not only that, but they have been staying so far below the radar somehow that I didn't even know they were here until this past week.

So how did they come to my attention?  I was proofing the visitor map that our guest directory company publishes for us to give out to our guests, and saw "Warehouse Provence" there, and immediately I had to Google the name to find out what kind of a store this is.

What I saw impressed me enough to want to go there myself, and I am so glad I did.  This is a very different store, more like one you would find in Carmel, California, or Florence, Italy, and definitely worth finding.  That is the key, finding it!

These little dachshunds are an Oil and Vinegar set, and a Salt and Pepper shaker set.  Too cute!

The set of 12 wine glasses in this cabinet each have an etched number on them from 1 to 12.  Great for a party!

They are located in Shetland Park which is a business park located down the street from the Hawthorne Hotel.  If you go out the front door of the hotel and make a left, you will walk one block down Hawthorne Blvd, and then the street will change names to Congress St.  Keep going down Congress until you can't go anymore and turn left into Shetland Park all the way down at that end.  Drive around the building on the right and you will see a red, white and blue flag that says ANTIQUES on it.  Go in the door, up the stairs and follow the signs for Warehouse Provence.

Believe me when I tell you it is worth finding.  They are open Tuesday through Friday 10 - 5 and Saturday Noon - 5.

From their website you will learn:

"We have been referred to by our customers as the "Anthropogie of Antique Stores"

"Owners Kim Andrews and Harry Bartlett have transformed an ordinary warehouse space into an adorable antique store that carries country and primitive items as well as a growing collection of gorgeous French country antiques. The colorful store is a visual feast of items that range from hand-dyed, organic linens to US made reproduction pieces that are arranged to delight the eye. Both Bartlett and Andrews are design veterans: Harry Bartlett ran an antique store in Warren, Vermont for 20 years and Kim Andrews is an interior designer. They both offer services to help shape a look for their customers and chose the space since it will allow expansion for eventually putting together display rooms."

I hope you will stop in next time you are visiting Salem, and be sure to tell them we sent you.



  1. Definitely a very cool looking store! I hope that their business is very successful!