There’s an old Christian belief that if you’re looking for something, the one to seek help from is St. Anthony. This patron saint seems to have found a home for a religious store bearing his namesake on Route 34 in what was commonly known as the ‘purple shop’ or Enchanted Gardens and Ponds. As part of a road-widening eminent domain situation on Route 34 in Derby, the state is taking the property where the store is currently.
There will be no gigantic metal ladies out front, but instead a variety of books, greeting cards, indoor and outdoor statues, medals and jewelry, including fine Irish jewelry. The shop also sells wall crucifixes and crosses, prints and pictures as well as church goods, such as altar server robes, vestments, candles, communion hosts and incense. For children, St. Anthony’s sells First Holy Communion Dresses, veils, rosary beads, baby baptismal outfits, personalized gifts and bereavement gifts for the loss of loved ones, including pets. The store also offers on site printing of invitations.
Because the property is zoned as a florist, the shop will be required to sell fresh flowers at all times.
Colonial Properties Realtor Fred Messore was the selling agent. He said the 2,262 square foot property, which includes retail space and a greenhouse sold for $110,000 to the owner of the shop. Enchanted Gardens owned the property for over a decade, according to Messore. The store closed in 2014 and has since undergone renovations such as a new roof, siding and doors.
“It was a long process to find an owner. There were a lot of interested buyers, but the zoning was an issue,” Messore said. “It needed some work, but we took our time and it all got done properly. I’m happy to see this building that sat vacant is now going to be something great.”
By Melissa Nicefaro – Orange Town News Correspondent