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Laura Baker, Member Services Manager
“What is Evenbrooke? How do you even answer that? You come in and it’s so many different things.”
If you have ever stepped inside of Evenbrooke Marketplace, you know just how true this statement is. It seems almost endless, with every corner offering something unique. We got the chance to sit down with Brad McCullough, owner of Evenbrooke, who explained his business as “a brief escape from the day”.
Home to over 100 vendors, Evenbrooke Marketplace is a 27,000 sq foot emporium (with a 10,000 sq foot expansion underway) of handmade goods, nostalgic items, home décor, and more. There are five businesses located within Evenbrooke; HoneyBell’s Old Country Store, Brook’s Nest Boutique, The Posh Bee Children’s Boutique, Wallburg Emporium and Coffee Shop, and The Blessed Mess DIY Workshop.
When asked what some of their bestselling items were, Brad admitted that some of the most unexpected things were the biggest hits, such a bowl cozies. He explained that furniture was a popular category as well, especially the “heirloom quality” pieces that are refurbished and given new life. Brad explained that he isn’t trying to convince anyone why they need a particular item; he’s selling the atmosphere.
The McCullough family purchased the property that houses the marketplace back in 2001 from Frank Shoaf, who had owned the property since 1956. At that time, they moved a furniture store into the space. Fast forward to 2018, Brad was looking to move away from the furniture market and decided to take a Saturday off to visit an antique mall with his wife and some friends. “I had never been”, said Brad, “I was always here selling mattresses and furniture”. While there, he was intrigued by the concept, saying “I was watching the format and thinking, gosh, we’ve got an interesting part of the building where we could do something like this”. After six months of planning, preparing, and putting their own twist on things, Evenbrooke Marketplace opened in April of 2019.
Brad stated, “One thing that’s neat about these types of places is that we’re never really in competition with other antique malls. People ask us if there are other good antique malls in Lexington and we say absolutely-there are some great shops in Uptown and others close-by that we send people to. Each antique mall has its own unique personality; its own blend of vendors.”.
To McCullough, one of the most satisfying things is to see the businesses within Evenbrooke creating their own traffic flow, and watching how it benefits the other individual shops and Evenbrooke itself. Brad explained that “[the shops] feed off of each other and it creates a community”. Brad doesn’t take credit for this successful model, saying it “happened organically”.
Despite being raised in Southmont and currently living in Davie County, Brad considers Lexington his home. His father started his carpet business 54 years ago and as a result, Brad has never known life without a family business ownership in Lexington. Quoting his father, who recently retired; “Lexington’s been good to me.”.
The Lexington Area Chamber Of Commerce is honored to call Capital Chevrolet Buick GMC Of Lexington a chamber member and our August 2023 Member Of The Month.
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