When Stacey Carter envisions the future of downtown Bethany, she sees it as a Route 66 sightseer's stop between Pops restaurant in Arcadia and historic El Reno. Stale, vacant downtown stores are making way for new shops, including a coffee house, art gallery, gift shops and Allenton Interiors design firm.
“This is hopefully soon going to be a destination for people going down Route 66,” Carter said.
The building for her new store, the Treasure Chest on Route 66, is a century old and features the original tin ceiling. She found it a fitting place to sell antiques, collectibles, home decor, jewelry, clothing and other “treasures.”
Items for sale at the Treasure Chest are whatever the vendors have discovered that week. They've had aerial photos from NASA, old advertising signs and Frankoma Pottery.
“It's always different. It just depends what they find and what they bring in,” she said.
The Treasure Chest is adjacent to Cedarburg Square gift shop, which Carter also owns.
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About the company
• Owner: Stacey Carter
• Address: 6724 NW 39th Expressway
• Hours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday
• Opened: Feb. 6
• Main product: Treasures