††A new antique store offers nostalgia-minded customers a unique shopping experience.


Co-owners Janet Joyner and Deb Wachowicz opened Uniques, Antiques & Gifts Boutique at 2950 Whiskey Road in Aiken on Jan. 26.


Joyner and Wachowicz agreed one of the shop’s biggest draws is its assortment of hard-to-find novelty items.


“We have a very big variety,” Joyner said. “It’s everything from glassware to household items such as furniture and a lot of other little knick-knacks that you might not be able to find at other places.”


Joyner, a native Texan who formerly repaired oil fields in her home state, handles the accounting for the boutique and said she has enjoyed working alongside Wachowicz, with whom she has been a close friend for several years.


Wachowicz, a South Carolina transplant from Saginaw, Mich., works as a medical transcriptionist in the cancer center at Aiken Regional Medical Centers. She said she inherited her passion for antiques from her parents and that she had long coveted the opportunity to own a boutique of this kind.


“I’ve been into antiques my whole life,” she said. “This is my dream.”


About five years ago, the co-owners started going to garage sales every Saturday. During these outings, Wachowicz said her love for antiques rubbed off on Joyner.


“She’s really dived into it,” Wachowicz said. “I do things like cleaning and refinishing the furniture and painting, and Janet has tried to learn more about those things and get really involved with them.”


The duo’s dedication seems to be paying off, as the shop enjoyed its most profitable day of business since it has been in operation on Sunday, consigner Casey Jones said.


The boutique is open seven days a week and operates from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays.