Fernie’s own Coal Town Goods moved to a new location on Second Ave. and celebrated their grand opening on Nov. 28.
“We were in a tiny space around the corner and we felt like we were busting at the seams over there and were dying to get right on second avenue,” said store owner Nicole Leckenby. “So four years of waiting patiently for a spot to open up and then boom.”
The new location boasts approximately three times the space as their prior location on Sixth St.
“We love it. There’s so much room to move. There’s a really nice flow, tall ceilings, and it’s brighter.”
Coal Town Goods acquired the building in the last week of September and then “basically took the two months to drywall, put in new flooring, paint and new lighting,” according to Deanna Peake, the store’s other owner. After nine weeks of renovations and one week of moving, the pair was ready to throw open the doors to the public.
Leckenby said they’ve been overwhelmed by the support they’ve received.
“Honestly, the community has been unbelievably amazing and kind and there is such a Second Avenue retail community and they are just so excited and welcoming.”
Peake added that, “people are pumped just to be able to walk in and around and to just have a bit more space.”
With that new space came the opportunity to bring in even more unique products and feature more artists.
“There’s people [artists] we’ve been wanting to have in the store but we just didn’t have the space before so every time we wanted to bring someone in, we had to get rid of a maker,” explained Leckenby. “So now it’s nice because we can add. I think we’ve added like four more jewelry lines, three more card lines and two more artists.”
Fans of Coal Town Goods will definitely notice a difference in the goods on display in the new shop, mainly that there is a greater variety and an abundance to choose from. Despite the new retail space, the store is staying close to their roots, offering up handpicked and quality goods.
“All sort of nature inspired,” said Peake of their new products. “Some of it’s cast from cedar tree branches and hummingbird skulls and it’s just really cool. It fits in with the Fernie vibe.”