“It was pretty much all geared toward her,” he says. “And few and far between were things that interested me.”
He told her, he wished they could find more “M’antiques.” That’s how he figured there was a niche for an antique store geared toward men.
Creel and business partner Robert Owen of Lakewood open their 2,500-square foot mall, DFW M’Antiques, at 424 W. Davis Saturday. It’s in the warehouse building that used to be a cheap furniture store, near Haines Avenue.
Creel, who lives in Little Elm, specializes in toy soldiers. He paints and prototypes them, and he has clients for whom he creates customized toys. He first got into the business selling antique toy soldiers at Trader’s Village when he was 12.
Creel and Owen think they will find much of their clientele living right here in the neighborhood. And with several antique malls and vintage shops in the neighborhood already, it’s a place for men to shop while their women peruse.
The shop isn’t full yet. They are seeking more dealers. Space in M’Antiques rents for $3 per square foot, and there are a few display cases that rent for $100 per month each. Dealers also pay 10 percent commission to cover credit card fees, but no work days are required.
Find DFW M’Antiques online through their facebook page. The shop is open Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.