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New owners for 10,000-square-foot mall on Westside offering crafts, collectibles

Mike DeFelice and Karen Baird stand in front of dealer displays inside the 18-year-old craft/collectible business they now own on Broadway Street, just west of 21st Street, which they've renamed the Sweet William Antique Mall.
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       Formerly Colorado Country Antiques, a 10,000-square-foot retail offering of crafts and collectibles at 2109 Broadway St. is now named the Sweet William Antique Mall.
       It also has new owners: Mike DeFelice and Karen Baird. Both are retired teachers who are long-time dealers at the store.
       In all, the two-level facility has more than 30 dealers, offering at least 100,000 items, Mike estimated. “It's a great venue for an antique mall,” he said, offering as examples primitives, industrial items and traditional heirlooms.
       As part of their efforts since taking over, the new owners have repainted the business exterior with new signage. The Broadway Street location is a short distance west of 21st Street.
       “It has the potential to be amazing,” Karen said. “Some people didn't even know it was here.”
       The new name was chosen in recognition of William and Carol Weber, who started the mall 18 years ago as the Colorado Country Antique Mall. “Everybody loves him,” Mike said of William. “It seemed like a way to honor him, and Carol for that matter.”
       As an additional play on words, a Sweet William flower is being incorporated into the logo for the new name, Mike said.
       The mall is open daily. The phone is 520-5680.

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(Posted 12/21/14; Business: Changes)

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