So it seemed that Steely’s Corner really was going to be sold. It had been cleaned up some, especially outside, but was not completely empty of its “antiques and treasures,” as the sign indicates:
No doubt the future looked grim. IF someone bought it, the building would surely be torn down and the lot would be developed in some other fashion. A sad day for many who had fond memories of this place.
I relegated my thoughts and memories to a spot in the back of my mind. I was happy to have been associated with this quirky little place, and even more thankful for knowing Miss Brenda and others there. “That’s the end of that,” I said. So imagine my surprise when I saw on a friend’s Instagram post about antique cocktail napkins (so cute!) that some had come from Steely’s Corner. I decided that she must have been a shopper there in the past, but then noticed that “steelyscorner” had commented on her picture. Looking further I discovered that the business had indeed been reopened by a former neighbor of mine. I was thrilled, and curious, and I just couldn’t imagine how in the world anyone would have the energy for this colossal task of cleaning, sorting, advertising, drawing customers, and so on. But Kim has lots of enthusiasm and determination! Soon, I would have to go see for myself.
As it turned out, my daughter-in-law and I were headed to our former town to visit a cute gift shop there that she loved and I asked her if she’d like to go by Steely’s Corner, too. I filled her in on the store’s history, including my feelings for Miss Brenda and my hope that she was somehow doing well. We walked in and were warmly greeted by the new owner, who was tying a Steely’s Corner bandana on a customer. Can you guess who then turned around to say hello? It was Miss Brenda herself! I was overjoyed to see her, but remembering her health, I started telling her who I was…. when she interrupted and repeated my family history person by person as well as some of the things she had purchased from us – including her trip to my mother’s house to shop there. I was flabbergasted and overjoyed! We went on to shop and as we left I asked Kim about Miss Brenda. She told us, “This place had just gotten to be too much for her. She’s doing great now.”
And Steely’s Corner and Kim are doing great now. I’m sure she would love for you to stop by. Or follow them on Instagram and enjoy the ride!