The windows of the 4th & Main Exchange in Delta bear just three words — art, vintage, antiques. But when you step through the doors of the historic building, you'll realize that's just a taste of what's being offered by an eclectic group of artists, crafters, collectors and consignors.
Sherry and Chuck Christie gathered all these individuals together under one roof by offering sections of the spacious building for rent.
The lifetime Delta residents say they were inspired to go into business by the building itself, once the home of W.J. Holland's Department Store.
"It all started in 1903 when John E. Hillman and his two brothers, Will and Walter, arrived in Delta from Canada. They seemed to have some money and wanted to build up the businesses on Main Street. John, soon to be known around town as Jack, was the oldest and immediately opened a small men's store at 341 Main Street. Three years later he realized Delta was growing and needed something bigger, like a department store. He purchased two lots on the northwest corner of 4th and Main and built a fine, new two-story brick building."
This historic account was compiled by the late Gordon Hodgin, who worked at Holland's for 17 years.
Robert Petty and Associates bought Holland's in 1973 and changed the name to Mr. Roberts. The historic account does not state what year Mr. Roberts closed, but for at least the past 20 years the building has been vacant for stretches of time as tenants have come and gone.
"Somebody has got to do something with this building," Sherry and Chuck often remarked as they passed by. Then their thoughts turned to, "How could we fill this building? How can we pay the rent?"
The answer is a cooperative venture that began with extensive renovation by the Christies. In the process, they uncovered Holland's memorabilia that is exhibited in the store along with display cases Chuck hauled up from the basement and refurbished.
Word of the renovation spread to Delta, Montrose and Grand Junction, and Sherry began filling the spaces with dealers who decided the retail space beats loading and unloading their wares for one- or two-day craft fairs.
Sherry says all the spaces have been reserved, but she will take consignments. "If it's really cool, we will find a place," she said.
Gloria Pace of Delta has dubbed her space "Embellishments by Gloria." She loves to buy unique items — new or used — and create one-of-a-kind pieces.
Four women from Grand Junction went together for "Grandma's Attic," a space featuring baby clothing and hand-crocheted afghans, as well as clothing for adults and knitted items. Check out the skirts that are so versatile they can be worn as a dress.
Janice Cooper, the former owner of Bossy Woman Antiques in Eckert, has her own space featuring antiques and collectibles and is also one of the Confluence Gallery artists. Her specialty is jewelry. Another artist, Laura Curtis of Enterprize Ranch, sells alpaca yarn and products.
The Nifty Niche offers soaps, kitchen items, bags, scarves and upcycled mittens. Sandra Armour brought "Sandi Bags," one-of-a-kind leather purses, as well as an assortment of decorative leather pillows.
In The Original Art Shop, Jo-An Barnett showcases fine art photography, oil paintings and other works from local and noted artists, as well as vintage pieces.
Three generations of talented quilters display wall hangings, table runners and other gift items in the "Critters & Quilts" booth.
Glass totems, picture postcards, soap, apparel, hats, antique kitchenware ... each item is just as unique as the X-ray machine which once graced Holland's shoe department. The shoe clerk would have the customer step into the X-ray machine, then a picture of the foot in the shoe showed up.
"This way he could show the customer how much room their foot had in the shoe," Hodgin wrote. "Also good for the children and getting them big enough shoes. People still talk about it today. It would probably be a no-no due to X-ray radiation."
The X-ray machine is gone, but one of three original cash carriers still draws attention. Installed in Holland's in 1934, the Lamson Cash Message Carrier had cups in which to put cash or messages. With the pull of the cord, the cups traveled up to the cashiers in the mezzanine overlooking the store. They would make change and send the cup back down.
Be sure to ask Sherry about other interesting features of the historic building as you browse at the 4th & Main Exchange. The store is open 9 to 5 Monday-Saturday.blog comments powered by Disqus