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Boutiques enrich Ottawa Street in Windsor

Monday, March 19, 2012

By Dave Hall, The Windsor Star

WINDSOR, Ont. -- Anchored by two vintage shops, antique stores and a used bookseller, Ottawa Street is undergoing a minor transformation.

With the recently opened Vintage Witch joining Aquarius, Ruellands Antiques, Holland's Consignment Shop and Juniper Books, the street is becoming a haven for shoppers seeking something out of the ordinary whether it be vintage rock shirts and buttons, fine Indian silks, collectibles or hard-to-find books.

The street has long been known for its collection of restaurants, clothing stores, shoe stores, hair salons and clinics but the latest additions are providing a new dimension.

"I think we have a chance to turn the street into a destination for people looking for something a little older and a little different," said Terri Birkner, who opened the Vintage Witch five weeks ago.

Everything in the store is from Birkner's personal collection, amassed over decades.

"I think I started when I was in the womb," said Birkner.

"I decided to open the store when I noticed cracks in my ceiling at home from the boxes in my attic."

There are signs, jewelry, clothing, hats, purses, lamps, photos, prints and even a miniature sewing machine, all collected by Birkner from her travels and from estate sales and flea markets across Ontario and the Midwest.

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