Mother, daughter, open real estate sales company, shop in downtown Ionia
IONIA – A mother and daughter have opened two businesses in the same building in downtown Ionia, specializing in real estate, antiques, furniture and women’s clothing sales services.
Antiquities and estates of Grand Ionia; and Boutique Fil, Blanc et Bleu; officially opened on October 28 at 313 W. Main St. In downtown Ionia.
Jennifer Ross is the owner of Grand Ionia Antiques and Estates; while his daughter, Santana Weaver, owns Thread, White and Blue Boutique. They are originally from Caledonia, but moved to Ionia earlier this year to open their respective businesses.
“We help each other and work together,” said Ross.
Grand Ionia Antiques and Estates offers real estate sales services, as well as a variety of items, gifts, antiques and furniture.
“It’s just fun working together and being a business for ourselves,” Ross said.
There will be new arrivals on a regular basis, Ross said. Dixie Belle chalk paint and jewelry are among the items sold in the store.
Ross can make custom colors for the furniture. As for what items people can expect when visiting Grand Ionia Antiques and Estates, Ross said she will sell whatever she finds.
“We are really looking forward to being here at Ionia, meeting new people and building relationships with our clients,” she said.
Thread, White, and Blue Boutique offers clothing for women of all ages, Weaver said. She described the clothing as contemporary and modest Midwestern.
“I’m very happy with it and love being my own boss,” Weaver said. “I love having something of mine… It’s really fun to keep all the clothes.”
Weaver hopes to expand the store. It also offers shoes as well as KanCan and Umgee jeans and plans to add Miss Me jeans in January.
The location was previously the Brick Street Marketplace. Most of the building’s old office space has been removed and the wall is all brick. The has been renovated over the past year, including the store front.
The companies plan to have a grand opening with the Ionia region chamber of commerce, Ross said.
Gift certificates are available for holidays and birthdays, Ross said. Weaver hopes she and her mother will be Ionia for a long time.
“We love Ionia – we think it’s really pretty,” she said.
The hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. It is closed on Sunday and Monday.