Serendipity is an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident. And that is just what the Downtown Merchants in Borger have experienced.
Downtown Borger has a new antique store and a place for local artists to sell their homemade crafts. Judy Allen and Leslie Monden opened Serendipity to highlight local artists, homemade crafts and antiques.
Allen and Monden met in the early 1970s while working at the Borger News-Herald and have been friends since -- sharing the same passion for antiques and crafts.
Artists can rent booths that are inside the store and sell their items to the public.
“We were looking for a shop where we could sell our hand-crafted items and it just opened a whole bunch of doors,” said Monden. She continued to say, “We have been lucky in every decision we have made. It has been serendipitous.”
Allen stated, “We encourage artists and crafters to get in contact with us and get on our list for a booth, because we want to give them an outlet to showcase their items.”
Serendipity also will buy antiques and collectibles from people and resell them.
The store offers a range of items, such as stained glass, books, handmade crosses, repainted furniture, quilts, honey and honey-made items, soaps, lotions, Stein jewelry, vintage items (new and old), artwork and much more.
Locals are invited to attend the grand opening on Aug. 24 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be refreshments and door prizes. Regular hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 425 N. Main.