Sunflower Shack is the second downtown shop to trade its Loudoun Street address for a key destination spot on King Street.
Owner Peggy Arnone confirmed this week that she will be moving her specialty gift and antique shop to the corner of King Street formerly occupied by the Leesburg Antiques Emporium. The antique shop left its longtime King Street location at the end of last year and construction soon thereafter commenced on dividing the large space into three new storefronts for new businesses.
Senor Ramon Taqueria was first to announce its move to the space from its current Loudoun Street digs. Women’s clothing retailer Zest, a sister store of another downtown Leesburg business, lou lou, also has leased space there.
Now, Sunflower Shack will join them. The gift and antique shop has become its own destination along Loudoun Street in the four years since its opening. Arnone jokes that one of her best business decisions was stocking her shop with old-fashioned candy and soda pop, which has drawn in its share of customers. While square footage-wise the new space won’t be much larger, Arnone said she believes the more open floorplan and higher visibility on King Street could bring new life, more foot traffic and new customers to her shop.
“I am excited to be a part of bringing retail back to the historic downtown area,” she said.
To accommodate the volumes of visitors that gather downtown during the evening to enjoy its ample culinary and drinking options, Arnone said she plans on extending her hours for Friday and Saturday evenings. Her plan is to close her current Loudoun Street location at the end of the year and open the King Street shop by February.