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April 19, 2013

Two popular stores combine on the Centerville Square

The Gypsy Quarter is back in business at a new, larger location on the Centerville Square and with an expanded line of merchandise.

On Sept. 25, 2012 a fire 218 E. State St. forced The Gypsy Quarter to find a new location. It did and moved in with Walker & Co. at 205 N. 13th St.

After The Gypsy Quarter spent a few months there, the two Centerville stores combined their merchandise in one new location, 315 N. 13th St., under the name, The Gypsy Quarter. They held a reopening on Monday, April 15.

Julie Mihalovich and her husband Dan own the building and she and Stacy Walker are co-operators of the business.

Mihalovich Monday afternoon said the the first floor of their new location is roughly the same size as the shop she had on East State Street. The new location has a finished basement, which now almost doubles the size she had on East State Street and the amount of floor space she and Walker had at their former location and allowed them to bring them both under one roof.

While the fire was a tragedy, something good did come of it. Walker and Mihalovich were accustomed to working together before they combined forces, like sharing of employees, but now by combining they are reducing operating expenses, have found it is the best way to run the two businesses and expanded their selection to include clothing.

“We’ve added a lot of new merchandise,” Walker said Monday afternoon.

People might remember the place as the former location of Edward Jones. But don’t be fooled, as the entire interior has practically been redone to suit the two women’s tastes.

The original tin ceiling can now be seen. So too with the original wood floor. New ductwork was added and the store was re-wired. Walls were painted to reflect water, earth and the rising and setting sun.

“It’s been gypsy stamped,” Walker said.

Mihalovich said they plan to redo the exterior and hang The Gypsy Quarter sign in the near future. The basement is open for shopping but plans are to add more lights to brighten up the area.

The Gypsy Quarter is open 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

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