New Store, New Adventure: Re-purposing, Re-using, Re-Living

New Store, New Adventure: Re-purposing, Re-using, Re-Living

By Courtesy of Christine Brockman

 

 

 

Abilene, TX, October 15, 2013: The Last Remains Antiques & More located at 860 Hickory opened January of this year. A ribbon cutting with the Abilene Chamber of Commerce and official grand opening was held October 3, 2013. Three years ago Christine Brockman and James Brooks started with a booth at The Crossings Indoor Flea Market. They had a passion to sell good items they come across to try to help save the planet and save the items from the landfill. Neither of them had no idea where that little 8 X 8 booth would lead.{{more}}Their business started growing, they were attended several local events and getting booths to sale their items. Occasionally setting up at the Buffalo Gap Flea Market. Christine’s dad George Griffiths is the one who suggested the name, The Last Remains, for their business and due to the humor of it and logic they decided it was very appropriate for their business. Christine found herself unemployed in late 2012 and began really working more on their business. She attended an entrepreneur class hosted by West Texas Innovated Network, and qualified for grant assistance through the West Texas Center for Opportunity. In December 2012, they moved into the building at 860 Hickory and open the doors. Brockman reported that “in our first month of full time business our sales were what they were the whole last year just having a booth at the indoor flea market.” Brockman’s, faith, support of her partner James Brooks, and her experience in marketing, community involvement and their desire to learn about historical items is what she credits the success too. The Last Remains has been credited the most authentic antique store in Abilene and soon Brockman and Brooks will be conducting a living estate sale and publishing a small cook book, “The Last Remains Cookbook, A Collection of Splattered Recipes, Don’t Worry It’s Not Road Kill.”