Mr. Lucky’s Antiques has opened its doors on West Bridge Street near the New Hope train station, and the owners have already created an eye-catching storefront filled with an eclectic, colorful and a sometimes large-scale mix of olden treasures.
Partner Nancy Martel lived in Hawaii for 35 years, achieving success as a potter, particularly in fine English porcelain. Now back on the mainland for 10 months, she’s looking for a new challenge, and she and partner Mark Higgins (formerly of the Peddler’s Treasures antique barn in Lahaska) are bringing their unusual combination of beautiful wood furniture, large vintage outdoor signage, classic Americana, and jewelry to New Hope.
And what is Martell’s secret to selecting merchandise? “If it hits my eye, I take it,” she said. “I figure if I like it, you’re gonna like it.”
Some of the more likeable items included a huge creepy clown face from Coney Island hanging on the rear wall, a propeller from a World War Two fighter plane engraved with crew names, a beautiful old English ale table, and a desk formerly used by retired New Hope Police Corporal Frank DeLuca.
A bonafide antique store is certainly a welcome addition, with the ranks of New Hope dealers dwindling in the last several years. West Ferry Street, one block away, was sometimes referred to as “Antiques Row” until recent times.
Martell says her new neighbors have helped her feel right at home. “They’ve all been so gracious, and made time to come by and introduce themselves.”
Mr. Lucky’s Antiques is located at 30 W. Bridge St. in the former “Gratz” space; (808) 268-5582.