It was big news here in Chelsea last year when the oldest and most famous antiques center in London, Antiquarius, was purchased and its dealers evicted. Originally built in the 1920's as a gentleman's club and pool hall, this historical building has seen a few changes through the years. Located at the corner of Kings Road and Flood Street, where I live, the antiques center had first been established in the early 60's and was well loved by locals and tourists alike for its charm and variety.
Causing quite a storm of unrest, the dealers fought to stay intact, but the "American retailer" who was moving in, went ahead with its renovation.
After a year of extensive renovation, the building is looking refreshed and all spruced-up. The facade has remained the same due to its historical listing, and now it's almost ready for its unveiling.
Won't be but a few days now until the doors will open for a new era.
Crews have been working long days and into the night to prepare the store for its opening.
A little bird told me it's one of my favorite stores.
Are you seeing any clues through the windows? I've been checking it out for all of us every day, watching the progress.
Her new face is on, the store is all dressed up with more and more treasures every time I pass, and I know the shopkeepers are wondering just who is this woman whose nose is pressed up to the window every day.
Have I given you enough clues that you can guess who's coming just steps from my front door?