Dale Waldron, Pam Hayes and Candice Lee couldn’t stop buying antiques, so they turned it into a business.
Mema Had One, their antiques store, will open Tuesday at 2328 Washington Road, after moving from Bobby Jones Expressway.
Mema Had One is named after Hayes’ grandmother, born in 1922. Hayes went to her first antiques auction with her father when she was 14 years old and honed her antiques-buying skills for years before starting the business in 2003 with Lee.
The business began by decorating restaurants and went retail in June 2011.
Although their first year on Bobby Jones Expressway has gone well, Lee and Hayes wanted to find a larger space more conducive to retail.
Then they heard that the old American Wilderness Outfitters Limited building was available.
“We knew Bobby Jones wasn’t a perfect location, but we were just getting our feet wet,” Hayes said.
The new store is 4,500 square feet; they had 1,750 square feet in the old store.
Waldron, who moved from Lancaster County, Pa., joined the team recently and has more than 20 years of experience in antiques and with cooperatives.
“It’s very hard to find any one-owner shops anymore,” Waldron said.
Mema Had One has 17 dealers on board with room for more.
They’re selling things such as vintage clothing and primitive American farming antiques.
The company’s priority is to keep everything unique and affordable.
“We want it to be an experience, with families coming on Sunday after lunch,” Hayes said. “We’re trying to keep prices reasonable and affordable.”
The front of the store is styled like an old-fashioned general store, with a fully functional antique Coca-Cola machine and large crates and barrels.
“The best part of this business is the hunt,” Waldron said. “Once you get into it, you can’t get out.”