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: ‘I want this to be an experience’

MC Maniacs opens as new historical mall on Washington

Vintage mugs on display at MC Maniacs on opening day Tuesday, April 3. Eric Connery said most of his business is people trying to capture something from their childhood.
Vintage mugs on display at MC Maniacs on opening day Tuesday, April 3. Eric Connery said most of his business is people trying to capture something from their childhood.

MORRIS – Eric Connery said he could not wait for Tuesday. He’d been working, with the help of family and partners, to get his storefront on Washington Street up and running.

With the grant opening of MC Maniacs on Tuesday, he said the work part was over.

“I couldn’t wait for today,” he said. “Now this is the fun.”

The MC in MC Maniacs stands for Mid Century, Connery said. Most of the stuff on the ground floor of the his new shop at 112 W. Washington in Morris comes from that post-war era, he said, from the rocket designs of the late-1950s up through the sleek Scandinavian style that defined the late-1960s.

“Most of the stuff comes from estate sales,” he said.

MC Maniacs officially opened on Tuesday, and though the furniture and items trend toward the modern of the 20th century, the exposed wood beams and stained-glass windows of the space resemble more a medieval tavern.

“This is just a great building,” Connery said.

Inside, he said, he focuses on antique and vintage. Antiques he defined as anything 100 years or older, while vintage is usually classified at about 20 years or older. The floors are filled with furniture that resembles what your parents or grandparents had.

On shelves are dishes, glasses and tchotchkes from an era now looked back on with nostalgia.

Connery said that if you’ve seen the “Dick Van Dyke Show,” “The Brady Bunch” or “Mad Men.” you’ll recognize a lot of what he sells.

“A lot of my business is people capturing something from their childhood,” he said. He said one item he can never keep in stock are crocheted afghans. “People go nuts over them.”

The plan is for about 20 percent
of the space to go toward other vendors.

On the second floor of the building, which wraps around a space to look down on the first floor, he said, there were local vendors who do crafts or sell other items.

Even the elevator to get to get up is vintage – you have to close the metal gate and hold a switch to move it up and down.

“I want this to be an experience,” Connery said.

He also has a store in Wilmington named MC Maniacs. But he said downtown Morris was a fantastic retail environment.

“We’re looking at this as the final move,” he said. “This is the pinnacle.”

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