The huge parking lot behind the building offers ample space for all visitors. A hand written sign at the entrance of the store features the business’s store hours and upcoming events.
When entering the first thing you notice is that it is clean and well lit.
The folks at the desk, most likely owners Cindy and Steve Hancock, invite visitors in to look around, ready to explain what they are doing or even walk through the huge business with patrons. There is 7500 square feet of space, enough for over 50 vendors.
The building was a warehouse until Steve gutted the entire thing. With a background in construction, he repurposed the old building, which had been vacant for several years.
A small table sits at the window just off the entrance, allowing those taking a break to do some people watching as new friends come through the door. And that’s the summary of the vibe in the place: friends. Both Steve and Cindy, along with their employees, make everyone feel like an old friend.
Old lanterns, radios and lunch boxes bring back memories of days past. The there’s some old green glass dishes, which seem to be on every Martha Stewart magazine cover, are FK Jadite dishes. Fenton Carnival glass is also an appealing aspect of the store. Antique books are abundant and beg to be opened. The quilts look like they were made with love and the clothing beckons visitors back to a simpler time. All of this is just on the first floor!
The lower level, while not strictly antiques, offers a lot of retro collectibles. Old dolls, toys, Life magazines and LP record albums overflow from each booth.
Many might wonder where all of the wonderful things in the C & S Antique Mall come from. That same curiosity is what drove Steve’s interest in antiques. A family farm became a treasure and that had Steve looking at his grandfather’s old things in a new way. “It’s the history behind each piece. What is it and how was it used?” said Steve.
While Cindy, who loves shopping for antiques, says, “It’s about meeting new people with the same interests and helping them find what they are looking for.”
Cindy and Steve both want to make C & S and Geneseo a stop on the way down Antique Alley.