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Antique, gift shop opens by city beach

‘Best friends for life’ Deb Wallice (left) and Nancy Frid (right) have opened up the second location of their antique/gift shop called Vintage Point. DL NEWSPAPERS/Paula Quam1 / 2
Vintage Point is located on the Capri Motel grounds across from the city park and beach. DL NEWSPAPERS/Paula Quam2 / 2

A popular gift and antique shop in Fargo that doubled in size a couple of years ago is now expanding in Detroit Lakes.

Vintage Point opened its quaint, white doors Saturday at 1334 Washington Avenue in Detroit Lakes.

The small, yellow building sits right down by the lake and city beach as part of the Capri Motel.

With a tag line of: Vintage Point, your journey to yesterday starts here, co-owners Nancy Frid and Deb Wallice are making a point of creating a warm experience for customers.

“You know when you’re on vacation and you’re like, oh, I found the cutest little shop, and I found some salt and pepper shakers or a candle…” said Frid, “…we just want this to be that fun, little tucked-away place with a great atmosphere.”

Much like their shop in Fargo, Vintage Point in Detroit Lakes has a carefully selected mixture of old, nostalgic antiques and new, unique gift ideas.

Sprinkled throughout the store are different unique, for-fun foods including cotton candy, candied-coated almonds that the ladies roast themselves, and coffee bark.

“That’s coffee, toffee and chocolate,” said Wallice. “It’s phenomenal.”

Frid and Wallice, who go around to different auctions looking for just the right antiques, also travel all around the country to “the market” in search of fun gift ideas to bring into their stores.

“And we like to use a lot of small, locally-owned Minnesota businesses to give it that regional feel,” said Frid, pointing out some hot-cold Detroit Lakes tumblers the ladies fell in love with.

“And because neither one of us really likes to shop, our goal is to create a place that people want to stop at,” said Frid. “So when we’re picking things out (to sell at the store), we will literally go, ‘would we buy that?’ because if it doesn’t sell, it’ll end up going in our living rooms,” she laughed.

There is a lot of laughter bouncing off the walls of this new business. That’s because Wallice and Frid aren’t just business partners, they’ve been the best of friends for over 30 years.

They may be tired after long, hard days of running their businesses, but they’re smiling.

“It’s exhausting, but it’s fun,” said Frid, still laughing at the good-spirited banter between the two.

For them, Vintage Point isn’t just about the business; it also represents the day they took the wheel of their lives and cranked it to where they wanted it to go.

The venture

“If you must know, it was over a bottle of wine,” began Frid, who was working in advertising in the Twin Cities, while Wallice worked in accounting in Fargo.

“And I said you really need to get out of that stressful job of yours and open an antique store —because that’s what she likes is antiques — and she said, ‘I will if you will.’ So here we are.”

Throwing caution to the wind, Frid and Wallice quit their jobs and opened up their store in Fargo, which is located in the 25th Street Market. There, Vintage Point has thrived as the ladies, who were having a good time hand-picking items for their store, passed that fun along to customers ready for a little adventure.

“It is an experience be-cause you never know what we’re going to have,” said Frid. “Between going to the auctions and the market, we try to get things that are really unique, so we’re always changing it up. You don’t always know what you’re going to get at our place.”

Then, as the women found their niche in the business world, somebody asked the question: if you were to open up another location, where would it be?

“And right away I said, ‘Detroit Lakes,’” said Wallice, who is a DL native and was looking forward to spending more time with her parents, who still live there.

Entertaining the idea, the women decided to drive around the town in search of a possible location.

“And when we saw the Capri building, we thought, this is it,” said Wallice, who says just like the first store, “everything seemed to just fall into place” as if it were meant to be.

It didn’t take long before Vintage Point had a second point on the ladies’ map of entrepreneurship.

“And I think you’ll see our friendship come through, because there are some pictures of us throughout the years,” said Deb, pointing out a big photo of the two of them up on the wall of their new store.

 “Thirty-plus years, we’ve pretty much been through it all, so we just want to kind of give this that fun, goofy girlfriend experience.”

The store will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. throughout the month of May and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from June 1 through Sept. 1.

Paula Quam

Paula Quam is the editor for Forum Communications Co. newspapers in Detroit Lakes, Perham and Wadena, all in Minnesota.

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