|Courtney Mickalonis (right), the manager of reclaimed furniture and paint store All Things New Again stands in one of the bedrooms with her parents Dave and Cathy Prebich, who owned the previous iteration of the store called Sawdust Specialties. - Times-Mirror Staff Photo/Ben Hancock|
In the ever-increasing competition for retailers to seize market share, some big box stores like Wal-Mart and Target decided to open on Thanksgiving Day this year.
Some criticized the companies as greedy, while others decried that the businesses were being inconsiderate of employees who wanted to spend time with their family.
For Courtney Mickalonis, the manager of All Things New Again, opening her store on Thanksgiving has been a family tradition for years.
Since 2003 her parents Cathy and Dave Prebich have spent Thanksgiving dinner with Mickalonis at her sister's house, then descended on the shop for a sale Dave Prebich calls "Midnight Madness."
In 1998 Cathy and Dave Prebich bought the building that now houses All Things New Again.
It was named Sawdust Specialties back then. The couple decided to retire and close Sawdust Specialties in May.
"We got one dinner off," said Dave Prebich. "Then Courtney had the idea to start this."
Mickalonis wanted to turn the store into a reclaimed furniture and paint store. She enlisted the help of her parents and did some renovations.
The store now has an upstairs full of reclaimed furniture and throughout the downstairs are various items for sale.
Upon entering the store, which feels more like someone's home, mason jars fixed into lights hang from the walls and snowmen are festooned with Christmas sayings.
Each bedroom has various projects waiting to happen and some more complete pieces assembled to what seems like exact Pinterest instructions.
All Things New Again looks a little out of place from the road. Where it sits on a stretch of Fort Evans Road between a CVS and a car dealership in Leesburg makes it seem like it was plopped down there from an older suburb.
In reality the older house was there first and the developments grew around it.
Every once in a while a patron will come in and help fill in a bit of the history of the house for Mickalonis and her parents.
According to patrons, it was once a carpet store, an insurance company and a nice place to have a cup of tea when it was a residence.
The homey feel of the store and the friendly, family-oriented nature of the business means the Thanksgiving event will be around as long as the store is around, according to Mickalonis.
"We had a nice mix of Sawdust customers who have been coming for years and a lot of brand new customers, too," said Mickalonis of this year's Thanksgiving Day event.
The family now plans to transition to the Christmas season, which is one of the busiest of the year for the shop.
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