BRIGHTON — On Friday morning, retailer Natalie Buckley had a line of customers waiting for her to open the doors of Wallflower Mercantile.
Dozens and dozens of people were there to be among Buckley’s first customers at her new, expanded location, a recently converted commercial building on Main Street.
Buckley’s husband, Todd Buckley, is a partner in Mill Pond Centennial Building, a corporate entity that purchased the building that formerly housed Sagano’s Japanese Bistro and Steakhouse, which closed in January. The company has since split the building into three storefronts: 312, 314 and 316 W. Main St.
On Friday, Natalie Buckley celebrated the completion of a move down the street and the reopening of her gift and homewares store with a Brighton Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting and an outpouring of shoppers.
In addition to the Buckley’s store, the second storefront provides a new office for the Buckley Jolley Real Estate team, of which Todd Buckley is a partner. He said the real estate team plans to open next week.
He said the owners are still working on leasing the third space to another business, which could be retail, a restaurant or a tavern with the possibility of a liquor license.
Grand Re-Opening of Wallflower Mercantile
Natalie Buckley was beaming with excitement as she called clients on Friday.
“Despite the weather, people showed up and it was a really good energy,” she said. “We’re very excited to be in the space right before the holidays and (it was Nov. 19) with a holiday glow.”
Buckley’s store is filled with a variety of gifts, homewares, apparel, and more.
She is the first opened up shop last year in another storefront on Main Street. Then there was an opportunity to set up shop in the former Sagano building.
“It’s about 50% bigger, which has been great, and I’ll be able to expand the products and add new ones,” she said.
She said she has already added more items, including Fustini olive oil and vinegar, as well as a larger section for baby and children’s gifts. She also set up a large refill station for the sustainable personal care products and cleaning products the store sells.
Denise Murray of Ann Arbor SPARK, which promotes economic development in southeast Michigan, congratulated Buckley on the ribbon cutting.
“You’re my favorite salesman in town,” Murray told the salesman. “You do everything right. Your attention to detail and your passion for it and your vision for it without waiting for the right moment, the right day, the right anything. This is what you wanted, and congratulations.”
Todd Buckley also expressed excitement.
“I feel tremendously honored to see her expanded vision come to fruition, and we have such a fantastic team helping us achieve it,” he said.
Until the 1980s, the building housed a D&C dime store. After that, it was converted into three storefronts that were occupied by different businesses over the years.
When Sagano opened its Brighton location in 2009, the approximately 7,700-square-foot building was converted to house a single facility.
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