A year after opening Green Mountain Emporium on Main Street, owner Jo Ann Johnston was happily forced to move to a bigger location because she had “maxed out” the space.
Upgrading from a tiny, 900-square-foot space to nearly 2,000 square feet has meant Johnston and her 42 dealers and consignors can spread out their merchandise and add more.
“We were so full and I had so many people wanting in. There was no way to accommodate them unless I expanded,” she said.
Although every nook and cranny of the former Green Mountain Emporium was covered with merchandise, the new space, at 501 W. Main St., has a similar feel.
Wander around the space and you’ll be greeted by antiques and gently used wares.
From furniture to artwork and every knickknack in between, Green Mountain has it.
Dealers have set up display areas with their own cluster of merchandise.
One dealer features cabin-themed items, another, military posters and knives, and another, rhinestone belts, purses and scarves.
There are sculptures, custom-restored clocks, holiday ornaments and tables inlaid with stones.
Although Johnston is happy with the new space, she said there is the possibility she could expand again if business keeps up.
This isn’t the first time Johnston has opened her own space. In Monte Vista, Colo. she owned a tiny consignment shop. When she moved to Payson, she brought some of her wares and became a dealer at Eagle Mountain, a consignment store that closed a year ago.
When Eagle Mountain closed, Johnston and other dealers had nowhere to go, so Johnston decided to open Green Mountain. When it came time for Johnston to sign a lease several months ago, she decided to expand.
“I felt I had to get bigger or quit,” she said. “There was no more money to be made in that space.”
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