ADAMS -- A pair of town natives has moved back and put a dream into action by opening their own home decor shop on Park Street.
Paula and Chip Landry opened the Vintage Traveler at 43 Park St. last month and have enjoyed a steady stream of business ever since.
"Our purpose is twofold," Paula Landry said. "We want to give something back to the community we grew up in -- we're not out to get rich -- and we also love what we're doing. We're not the type to sit or go play golf all day."
An assortment of brightly colored items fill the shop -- fabrics, furniture of all sorts, drapes, framed mirrors, shutters, chalk boards, wall decorations, bedding and more.
The space also serves as a workshop.
"Everything's done on the premises," Landry said. "From the sewing to the refurbishing of furniture."
High ceilings and good lighting create a welcoming atmosphere.
"We've had several visitors from South County say there's no [store] quite like this in the Northeast," Landry said. " ... The community has been warm, welcoming, grateful. We have some women who come in here every morning that say it makes their days better."
Modern country would be the theme, if one were picked. Much of the offerings are gently used, refurbished or refinished items. Almost everything is one-of-a-kind.
"If you see it and you like it, think fast," Chip Landry said.
Paula Landry learned the trade from growing up around similar activities, she said. Five generations of her family were crafters, needleworkers, rug hookers, canners and so on.
Chip Landry, on the other hand, said he picked up woodworking later in life. The new store boasts a basement space where he does wood and finishing work.
The Landrys had operated similar businesses, both independently and with a larger company, while living in Pennsylvania and Delaware. But the "goal was always to come back [to the Berkshires]."
"This has been the dream -- the old creaky floors, the high ceiling, both of us in the same work space," Paula Landry said.
Landry's cousin is David Bissaillon, of the town group Pro Adams, and both are friends with Bill Kolis, town native and owner of the former Firehouse Cafe building. They described being back as "a big reunion" and said they believe the town's economy may be turning the corner.
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What: Vintage Traveler
Offering: Home decor items, many of which are gently used or refurbished
Where: 43 Park St., Adams
Hours: Presently Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., but could be extended.
More information: 413-743-7116