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Antique store Mema Had One moves to Washington Road

Store opens at new spot on Tuesday

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Dale Waldron, Pam Hayes and Candice Lee couldn’t stop buying antiques, so they turned it into a business.

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Manager Pam Lee (from left) and business partners Pam Hayes and Candice Lee will open Mema Had One at its new location on Washington Road on Tuesday.  EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
Manager Pam Lee (from left) and business partners Pam Hayes and Candice Lee will open Mema Had One at its new location on Washington Road on Tuesday.

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.”

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proudgunowner
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proudgunowner 04/26/12 - 08:00 pm
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Glad to see a new business
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Glad to see a new business move into that stretch of Washington Road! I wish them lots of luck! Clever name, however there is an antique store in Nashville, IN that has been around since the early 1980's called Grandma Had One. I collect mid-century / Eames era furnishings so I'll be in soon to check it out!

proudgunowner
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proudgunowner 04/26/12 - 08:00 pm
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Glad to see a new business
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Glad to see a new business move into that stretch of Washington Road! I wish them lots of luck! Clever name, however there is an antique store in Nashville, IN that has been around since the early 1980's called Grandma Had One. I collect mid-century / Eames era furnishings so I'll be in soon to check it out!

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 04/26/12 - 09:14 pm
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So, where is the old American

So, where is the old American Wilderness Outfitters Limited building anyway? Washington Road is so long, it's hard to find a particular address without having to drive a long way. Don't want to waste anymore gas than we have to, right?

Discussionstarter
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Discussionstarter 04/26/12 - 10:11 pm
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Near Lake Olmstead. Across

Near Lake Olmstead. Across from the palm reader; right below the new Dollar Store.

RoadkiII
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RoadkiII 04/27/12 - 03:44 am
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Try 2328 Washington RD. Like

Try 2328 Washington RD. Like it states in the article.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/27/12 - 07:46 am
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Pretty soon there will be

Pretty soon there will be nothing but antique stores and gyms as one business after another leaves large empty buildings.

David Parker
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David Parker 04/27/12 - 08:46 am
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Osaka Spa was somewhat of a

Osaka Spa was somewhat of a "gym"

tee hee

obkad
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obkad 04/27/12 - 09:42 am
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If anyone could make that

If anyone could make that place a go is Pam Hayes.. She's a very good business woman and a good person.. even though she graduated from Georgia!!!!!!!!! Go Pam...

rideadonkey
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rideadonkey 04/27/12 - 12:20 pm
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Omg..totally love this place!

Omg..totally love this place! I have the best time looking thru their stuff and finding things that I just cant live without. (haha) Can't wait for the opening!!

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gatorgirl1226 04/28/12 - 05:18 pm
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Mema's is the best antique

Mema's is the best antique store I have ever been to! I live in Florida and whenever we pass through Georgia we just have to stop in there! Once you're inside you can't help but have the urge to want everything you see. The finds there are excellent and the prices are low! I've bought everything from glassware, to jewelry, to an old skeet thrower! So excited to visit now that they have opened an even bigger store, that much more square footage could be dangerous for me considering how much I love it! Can't wait to visit Mema Had One's new location! Go Pam, Candice, and Dado!

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