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Burned-out Westerly antiques shop to reopen today

By Lee Howard

Publication: The Day

Published May 18. 2013 4:00AM
Dana Jensen/The Day
The March fire on Commerce Street in Westerly displaced two businesses and 11 second floor tenants. One of the businesses, Mary D's Antiques & Collectibles, will reopen today on High Street.

Westerly - An antiques store burned out of a space on Commerce Street after a March fire will reopen today at 33 High St.

A grand reopening celebration will occur from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Mary D's Antiques & Collectibles.

Bruce Miner, co-owner of the store with wife Lois, said this week that his 22-year-old business had no fire insurance but he had been able to resurrect the store in smaller quarters thanks to the help of the community.

"A lot of people in the community stepped up to the plate to help out financially," he said.

Mary D's new store, encompassing 1,900 square feet, will include some of the antiques and collectibles recovered after the fire at 3 and 7 Commerce St. Miner estimates only about a quarter of his inventory could be saved.

The fire displaced 11 people in upstairs apartments and also forced the closure of the Ten Sandwiches restaurant, which has promised on its Facebook page to make a comeback at a different location sometime this summer.

Mary D's old store was about 3,500 square feet, and enjoyed the support of locals and tourists. Miner said visitors came from all over the world.

The new store will be right around the corner from the old place. It will feature antique glassware, toys and furniture dating back to the 1600s as well as collectibles from the 1950s and 1960s.

"We sell memories - stuff you remember when you were kids," Miner said.

Miner said he is looking to rent space in his new location to other antique dealers looking for a place to display their goods.

"Hopefully, we'll come back," he said.



Mar y D’s Antiques & Colectibles

Location: 33 High St., Westerly

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every
day except Tuesday, when it is

More information: (401) 596-5653

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