People from all over North Carolina and beyond are drawn to downtown Mebane, with its many stores and restaurants and salons and other businesses.
Eclection Emporium, located at 110 North Fourth Street, adds to this intriguing local variety by being true to its name, providing a unique and broad shopping experience for its customers.
For Mebane resident Jessica Carpentier and her husband Jason, getting the opportunity to become owners of Eclection Emporium in August of 2018 has been a dream come true. The owners have been celebrating one year of ownership this summer with multiple events, including an Open House/Cookout in mid-July, and an upcoming Fall Open House in September.
“It’s been awesome. We’ve met a lot of new people. A lot of people that didn’t know we even existed, because of the one-way (Fourth Street),” Carpentier said of the first year of ownership of Eclection Emporium. “And it’s been great because we have Muffin’s (Ice Cream) right across the street. It’s been great. We’re just making sure we have the lights on at night, trying to light up the place, and trying to get the word out.”
Eclection Emporium currently has seven vendors providing a wide range of vintage home decor, including furniture and furnishings such as framed items, vases, pillows, candles, and many other items, as well as foods such as canned preserves and vegetables.
“What we do is try to bring vendors in that have local businesses that may be out of town,” Carpentier said. “For example, Deez and Beez is from the Graham area. It’s just small business owners that come in, and they set up. We’ve had a great response time. We’ve had some who have stayed a year and they’re just leaving. There are two vendors who have been here for three and a half years.”
“There’s always something new in here - almost daily,” she added.
For Carpentier, who has lived in Mebane for 33 years, it has been really neat to see downtown Mebane’s modern-day evolution into such a vibrant community of locally-owned and operated businesses.
“I remember coming down here when I was little with my grandparents,” she said. “It was so boring because everything was office buildings. It wasn’t as fun as it is now. Especially for kids. It’s awesome.”
Eclection Emporium will be participating in this week’s Destination Downtown Tailgate Party, which begins Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m., as well as the annual Chili Cook-Off in October. In addition, the Carpentiers are looking forward to having more seasonally-themed events throughout the year, including the upcoming fall event and possibly a Holiday-themed event as winter approaches.
“All the vendors are really good about decorating their booths, and keeping new stuff in and the old stuff cycling out,” Carpentier said. “We’re going to have a Fall Open House in September. We try to have a seasonal Open House for every season, just so everyone can see what the shop looks like all decorated.”