‘Mad Rose’ holds grand opening Friday

Published 5:56 pm Friday, July 31, 2015


Delrose Betts and Linda Toms explain where they find the good “buys.” — Carolyn Iamon


Mad Rose, a new business opened by Alison Betts Cantley and her mother Delrose Betts, hosted a Chamber of Commerce sponsored grand opening and ribbon cutting on Friday.

The store is located at 400 N. Scott Street in the building formerly occupied by Southern Trading.

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The building lends itself to the eclectic collection and showing of antique and modern furniture, and many unique, one-of-a kind items.

In addition to items owned by Cantley and Betts, there are currently products from nine different vendors, including Carol Jean Hight, Linda Toms, Tara Smith, Annabell Smith, Jennifer Boutwell, Linda Ingram, Diana Kirbo, Mardi McRae and Judy Henning.

Linda Toms, who has been in the antique business for 25 years, is credited with “training” Delrose Betts to find good buys at estate sales and auctions. The two recently went to a sale in Ft. Walton, Fla. where all the household items came from England.

One piece they purchased was a wardrobe designed specifically for men. Behind the mirror they found an English newspaper from 1928.

One of the more unique lines is furniture made by a local man who uses tree trunks and limbs to make tables, wall hangings and coat racks.

A line of new products is found in Hight’s Carlie’s Cottage corner. It includes the Four Seasons line of furniture and upholstery fabric. Shoppers can choose to order new chairs and/or sofas custom slip-covered with the fabric of their choice; or they can choose the fabric pattern and order enough to have an existing piece recovered.

There is a blend of old and new. A prime example is a new bench made by Ron Betts from two antique chairs.

A big attraction is a rare round baby crib that occupies a center space.

There are hand-made, one of a kind baby and infant clothes.

Add to the list, jewelry, lamps, rug and dishes along with tables, buffets, original art work and whatnots.

The owners say there is still space available for new vendors who are welcome to submit their products for approval.