At Granny’s Antiques and Gifts, all historical items carry a price tag.

Nostalgia, though, is free.

“A lot of people come in because they love the feeling of coming in and being able to walk around and being brought back to the memories of their grandparents or their parents,” says Aldona Gerrior, who owns the Antigonish-based business with her husband Fabian. 

“They come in for their ‘fix’, they tell me. They’ll walk around and say, ‘OK, I have my ‘fix’ now.”’

Aldona and Fabian have owned their business for five years. They first opened their shop in a rental building on Main Street but relocated after purchasing property on Adam Street where the store sits behind their house.

“We were fortunate enough to come across a piece of property that is perfect for what I needed,” says Aldona.

Aldona owned the Days Gone By Bakery in Guysborough for 17 years. That business also included a restaurant and gift shop.

“When I sold the restaurant and bakery, I still wanted to do something,” she says. “I wouldn’t have been able to sit and do nothing. This is sort of a retirement business for us, but still, we depend on it for a little income. I’m not getting my old age yet so … getting close, but not yet,” she added laughing. 

Granny’s Antiques and Gifts sells vintage wood furniture, including a selection of tables and chairs. - CONTRIBUTED
Granny’s Antiques and Gifts sells vintage wood furniture, including a selection of tables and chairs. – CONTRIBUTED

Granny’s Antiques and Gifts primarily sells vintage wood furniture.

“Pretty well the older-type furniture that’s got a lot of quality to it,” says Aldona.

Also available in the shop is a variety of collectible items, including glassware, along with home décor, and locally produced goods such as preserves, honey products, pottery, and soaps.
Granny’s also houses two showcases from Oak Manor Men’s Wear – a downtown Antigonish staple that closed in 2019 after 46 years in business. 

“People really like those in here, so it was nice to get a piece of Antigonish to put in here.” 

Aldona says she receives great support from the community and sees a lot of repeat customers at her store.

“It was awesome leading up to Christmas,” she says. “Shop local really boosted us for what we lost last year when we were closed for 10 weeks (due to COVID-19). It was great to get the local support and the surrounding areas as well. We’re close to the hospital, so a lot of people travel in town to go to the hospital and they see our sign so they pop in and we’re picking up a lot of new business all the time.”

Aldona, from Charles Cove, Guysborough County, has worked in retail for most of her adult life. Aside from the bakery, she managed a bowling alley and convenience store.

“It’s what I enjoy doing,” she says. “I love the people and I enjoy chatting with people; we both do.”

As for working alongside Fabian, Aldona says she wouldn’t have it any other way.

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