SALISBURY — It was a bittersweet second for Priscilla Clark to see her area on West Innes Road fully barren.
On Saturday, Clark moved the final remaining merchandise out of the shop she’s known as dwelling for the previous two years, leaving the once-full constructing devoid of the classic treasures she’s grow to be identified for.
“I put loads into the constructing,” Clark mentioned. “I did a whole lot of renovations to it and I rehabbed the facade, so I’m actually leaving a chunk of myself behind.”
Clark opened Priscilla Clark Designs on West Innes in 2018. Since then, she’s been promoting vintage and classic furnishings, fixtures and decorations whereas additionally utilizing the area as a homebase for her inside design consulting companies.
Clark is just not shutting down her enterprise, solely transferring her operations to a historic constructing in downtown Mocksville that she bought and is presently renovating.
The transfer marks a transition for Clark, who has labored as an artist and designer for a lot of her life.
“I made the choice with the transfer to focus extra on the inside design side of the enterprise,” Clark mentioned. “The shop has simply been secondary, so I gained’t have only a retail retailer anymore the place you’ll be able to drive up and pop in everytime you need to.”
Clark’s new location will characteristic a design studio that purchasers can go to by appointment to see pattern materials and make design picks for his or her houses or companies.
Whereas the retail aspect of her enterprise is curtailed, Clark mentioned that she is contemplating the thought of internet hosting “pop-up market” occasions a number of occasions a month that may enable prospects time to browse her stock at their leisure. Clark offered off a lot of her merchandise throughout a move-out sale, however saved a few of her “greatest” items, which she is going to transfer to her new location.
When Clark started exploring the choice of transferring off West Innes Road final yr, she appeared for vacant areas in Salisbury, however couldn’t discover property that was each historic and zoned for industrial and multipurpose use. Ultimately Clark discovered precisely what she was searching for in Mocksville.
“I used to be lucky sufficient to get an outdated, two-story Victorian home proper subsequent door to the Davie County jailhouse proper on Lexington and Principal Road,” Clark mentioned. “It’s a very good location.”
Clark will each stay and work within the historic dwelling.
By transferring to Mocksville, Clark mentioned she is going to increase her attain with out forsaking the shopper base she’s cultivated in Salisbury.
“I can service virtually anyplace inside a 40-mile radius,” Clark mentioned. “It’s not likely a giant deal the place I’m as a result of a whole lot of my enterprise mannequin goes to purchasers and assembly of their houses. I nonetheless plan on servicing the Salisbury space. I’m simply increasing.”
Though Clark is leaving Salisbury, Downtown Salisbury Director Latoya Worth mentioned that her presence might be felt for years to come back.
“I’m excited for Priscilla and her new journey,” Worth mentioned. “I’m unhappy for her to go away, however she is going to nonetheless be serving our neighborhood in Salisbury though she’s transferring to Mocksville. There’s part of her that’s nonetheless right here.”
Worth mentioned that a lot of Clark’s items have made their means into different companies downtown like Timeless Wigs and Marvelous Issues. Clark additionally designed the facade of the constructing on East Innes that used to accommodate Oxford + Lee.
Dileika Wilson-Ballard, the co-owner of Timeless Wigs and Marvelous Issues, mentioned that she is going to miss having Clark as a neighbor, however thinks that the area Clark is forsaking might be a coveted property for a future tenant.
“Priscilla did a whole lot of work on that constructing,” Wilson-Ballard mentioned. “From the place it began, it’s superb what she was in a position to do in there, from the flooring to the entrance of the constructing to all the things that she did inside. She positively left it loads higher than what she discovered it.”
Clark is presently renovating her new workplace and residential and can replace progress by way of her Facebook page.
Clark will be reached at 704-870-8981 or at email@example.com.