Dwayne Brooke got a happy surprise when Southern Living magazine offered a roundup of outstanding spots for vintage and revamped furniture.
“We had no idea we’d made the list until two ladies from D.C. came to the shop and told me they were there because of the mention in the magazine,” said Brooke, who co-owns The Gilded Flea with his wife, Krista. “I had to ask them what mention and what magazine! We were all shocked.”
A shout-out in a prominent publication would bring a boost to any business, but it’s especially welcome at the Gilded Flea, which opened at 970 Washington St. just last spring.
No other spot in West Virginia made it onto Southern Living’s list.
The Brookes, both graphic designers, crossed paths at Shepherd University. Krista, a native West Virginian, grew up in Pocahontas and Boone counties. Her husband has lived in Harpers Ferry from childhood when his parents relocated from Gaithersburg, Md.
Besides being a self-taught woodworker, he also is a guitarist, singer and songwriter, he also is the founder of the acclaimed acoustic gypsy jazz group The Woodshedders.
Here, he shares thoughts on the Gilded Flea’s latest good news:
How did it feel to get this kind of recognition just months after you opened? “Great, of course. It’s taken quite a volume of time and work to get the business going, with much credit due to the lovely locals for keeping us afloat.
“We’re very thankful for the national attention for the business, and our awesome little town!”
What’s been the response to the magazine mention so far? “Everyone has been very surprised and proud – including us! It’s created a nice local buzz, and has been bringing quite a few folks out from the metro area.”
What’s next for your shop? “We’re really inspired by the current momentum behind the Gilded Flea.
“The wheels are turning to find and make even more great items to offer at affordable prices. The art of displaying the items in our shop continues to evolve.
“We want to be even more creative in offering visual suggestions as to how pieces can be mixed and matched in customers’ homes.
“We will also definitely have more open house-style events at the shop. We just had one last week with live music that was a great success!”