The building once home to the Blythwood post office at 130 McNulty St. is now home to Postmarked 29016--a shop selling antique and vintage housewares and decor items and new handmade, one-of-a-kind gifts.
The shop is owned by Theresa McKenrick and her husband Rich who discovered the vacant building on a Sunday afternoon drive around town.
“We realized it was vacant and thought it was a great spot for the shop,” McKenrick said.
The building served as the Blythewood post office from 1968 through the mid 1980s and has since been home to several other businesses, most recently a children’s consignment shop. McKenrick named her business as an obvious homage to the building’s former use as a post office as well as what the post office once represented in a town.
“Post offices used to be a place of gathering and storytelling,” McKenrick said, adding that she hopes the building will serve that purpose once again with Postmarked shoppers. “Plus, I look at some of these antique and vintage pieces that we sell and I think what a story those pieces could tell if they could talk.”
McKenrick, whose mother was an antiques dealer, was a vendor at antique malls in Charlotte before moving to Blythewood nine months ago. That’s when she quickly discovered how popular the market for antiques and vintage home goods is in the area when she attempted to get a booth at an Elgin antique mall.
“I had to get on a waiting list to get a spot,” McKenrick said.
The handmade unique gifts at Postmarked are particular lines of items McKenrick has procured for the shop--items which currently include candles made in Iowa, handprinted flour sack tea towels made in Atlanta, collegiate pillowcase dresses from North Carolina and South Carolina regional items and art.
Postmarked 29016 will celebrate its grand opening with a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. Friday morning.