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Parksville business profile: A store and owner fascinated by nostalgia

Alexis Lockhart-Jennings, owner of the Lockhart Collection, recently opened her unique storefront in downtown Parksville where she offers a variety of vintage-inspired items and workshops.  - CANDACE WU PHOTO
Alexis Lockhart-Jennings, owner of the Lockhart Collection, recently opened her unique storefront in downtown Parksville where she offers a variety of vintage-inspired items and workshops.
— image credit: CANDACE WU PHOTO

A quaint boutique nestled along Craig Street has recently opened the doors to what seems like a little piece of history.

Owner Alexis Lockhart-Jennings opened the Lockhart Collection this past October with the intention of creating a space where it feels like "a simpler time."

"I've always been fascinated with the nostalgia of the 1920's," said Lockhart-Jennings in an interview with The NEWS, while Billie Holiday whimsically played in the background creating the ambiance of a bygone era.

And in an effort to recreate the golden age of glamour, Lockhart-Jennings has started a business which brings together her love for "all things beautiful, vintage and old."

The Lockhart Collection sells a wide array of unique clothing, jewelry and home decor; the store is artfully decorated with vintage-inspired items thoughtfully placed on refurbished furniture pieces which look as if they were taken straight from the set of Mad Men.

Along with retail, Lockhart-Jennings also offers two different creative workshops in her store — they are hosted every second Sunday of the month.

Lockhart-Jennings explains the first class — Level 1: Introduction to CeCe Caldwell's Paint — goes over the basics  of painting. Students use CeCe Caldwell's Paint, an organic line which Lockhart-Jennings said contains no acrylic co-polymers, solvents, formaldehyde, ammonia, ethylene glycol or toxic heavy metals.

"I'm drawn to this specific brand because it's safe and easy to use," she said. "It's packaged in recycled plastic containers and they have these classic American paint names like Kentucky Mint and Mississippi Mud."

Lockhart-Jennings said the 4-hour introductory class teaches students how to layer and work with CeCe Caldwell's Paint, different distressing techniques and the proper application for non-toxic wax and satin finish. She said each student will leave with a color card, unique samples and "the confidence to finish a project on their own at home."

The second class — Level 2: Bring your own piece of furniture — is more specific than the basic course and asks students to bring in a piece of their own furniture that "needs a face lift."

Lockhart-Jennings said during this 5-hour class she will guide students through revitalizing an old piece of furniture.

"I love taking old things and giving them new life," she said.

The Lockhart-Collection is located at 180 Craig St. in Parksville. The store is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. For more information or to sign up for a workshop contact 250-586-4045, visit www.lockhartcollection.ca or follow Lockhart Collection on Facebook.

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