My love for these little shops led me last Friday to Park Street Antiques, just five minutes from work, and to the next entry in my Friends and Strangers project. Meet Lajana, who just so happens to be the owner of Park Street Antiques. It was serendipity that I met Lajana because, though she owns the shop, she only works on Friday! The rest of the week, she has other help minding the store. She's been there for 13 years! I have no idea how I managed to pass by this little gem for 13 years without stopping in. I used to love to stop in to Bungalow Artworks, which I believe used to be right next door, so the love of all the art must have distracted me.
Lajana told me she has "a real job" as a property manager, managing 140 properties, and her antiques store is her "play job." She's also built four houses and is looking forward to building her fifth, and last, on a lake down in Hawthorne, where she plans to retire. She's thinking about starting a blog to document building her last house. That would be great fun to follow. I poked around Lajana's shop quite a while and fell in love with what is always my greatest weakness: dishes and glasses. Aren't these lovely (below)? Luckily for my husband, I managed to pass them up and made it out the door with nothing more than some vintage valentines from the 50's. Stop in to see Lajana at Park Street Antiques, 2766 Park St, Jacksonville. Take a peek at more of my Friends and Stranger project here!