To find the perfect gift or pièce de ré·sis·tance to elevate a room from ho-hum to remarkable, visit Corner Gallery Antiques, 2220 Ryan St. in Lake Charles.
There's plenty of easy parking, and inside you'll find 4,000-square-feet of quality antique furnishings, accessories, fine framed art in abundance, rugs and décor; vintage furnishings and décor; antique and vintage reproductions; funky, romantic and vintage-styled name-brand linen fashions and hats; out-of-the-box gemstone, costume and re-purposed estate jewelry; religious icons; enough lamps, chandeliers and mirrors to light up the darkest winter night, fine china, serving dishes and crystal to feed an army; and plenty of chairs, card tables and drop-leaf tables to enable you to squeeze in just a couple more or three or four for holiday entertaining.
"So many pretty things to see," wrote Linda St. Romain in a social media review. Mary Shaddock Jones said she was "blown away by the amount of amazing items and friendliness of the service." Wendy Castleman calls Corner Gallery "a ‘must stop' and said she "always leaves with a treasure or two."
On the day of the American Press interview, just-purchased items were going out the door and Corner Gallery merchants were finding room for the in-just-in-time-for-Christmas items.
Primitive holiday "trees" stood ready to be decorated. Candle holders of all types, colors, sizes, materials and price ranges are waiting to decorate fireplace mantels. Don't have a mantel? Get one at Corner Gallery Antiques.
Choose from an impressive array of side chairs, formal dining room chairs and kitchen chairs. Corner Gallery has a cool vintage bar chair in the back and a couple of wicker pieces. Mixing and matching dining chairs adds contrast. Mixing it up is important, according to Drew Hoffpauir, Room Service owner.
"Good design requires a healthy mix of old and new," Hoffpauir said. "Quality, antique finds are hard to come by, but we always discover that perfect piece at The Corner Gallery. The curated collections and exceptional staff keep us going back."
"If you know a collector of Flow Blue, Blue Willow, Oriental Foo Dogs, ginger jars, this is the place to pick up a Christmas present that they're sure to love," said Nancy Granich, owner. We also have Staffordshire figurines, Christmas caroler figurines, stained glass, wooden boxes, bird cages and rustic cloches."
The scents of the Corner Gallery candle collection are ideal — not artificial or cloying. Instead, each smells rich and natural. Some of the choices include Lemon Verbena, Southern Charm, Sweet Tea and the popular Soirée, which has note of warm linen, herbal tea and sandalwood.
Corner Gallery Antiques makes browsing an experience. Shop on December 6 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and you'll not only find quality antiques and other items at prices below retail, you'll also be able to enjoy refreshments and sign up to win one of two $50 Corner Gallery gift certificates.
"It is a delight to find beauty in a treasure from the past," Granich said. "However, it is the moment in which we're living that should be the most cherished. I think we find what we look for. It is my Christmas wish for all that we find the joy, peace and strength we need day by day in the coming year."