By Rachel Parker Dickerson
Viki Teague, proprietor of The Shops @ 1015 Oak, has started a new chapter in her life, and she wants to help other women realize they can do the same thing.
The store offers a variety of one-of-a-kind items, including antiques, furniture, clothing, jewelry, and art. Teague explained how she came into the business.
"I had a lot of experience in several businesses in Conway and had retired about 10 years ago. I did the grandmother thing a short while, but always dabbled in art, fabric, color. That stayed with me. I grew up at my grandmother's feet learning about sewing."
When her children were young, she said, she faced the conflict every woman faces - prioritizing.
"I struggled with the things I wanted to do creatively or in business," she said.
Her mother-in-law gave her a book, "Gift From the Sea" by Anne Morrow Lindburgh.
"It opened my eyes to what a woman's life can be. That life comes in stages," she said.
She said in Ecclesiastes 3 she discovered there is "an appointed time for everything and a time for every event under heaven."
"No one ever told me that," she said. "I just thought I could do everything, and when I couldn't do it, I was very frustrated. Stepping back and waiting for the right time made it much easier. The time became right for me to move into this business."
Teague is taking antiques on consignment, but she is also inviting local artists to bring their art in on consignment.
"In making the decision to come into this business, one of my goals is to provide other women, or men, a venue for their creativity. I realize how difficult it is to find a place when you have a talent or idea, to get the exposure you need." She said she wants to bring in local artists because "we have so much talent here."
She referenced the name of the store. "It's called 'The Shops' because it's separate areas. It's not mass-produced. It's all one-of-a-kind."
Her handmade contributions include reproduction lampshades made out of vintage fabrics with hand beading and one-of-a-kind clothing and handbags.
Other areas of the store offer paintings, furniture, antique and estate jewelry, and Native American jewelry.
"I want it to be different. I want it to be a place where people can come to find unusual things and quality things," she said.
Teague said she also plans to offer a decorating service. She said she will go to the buyer's home and show them how to accessorize pieces at no charge.
By opening her store to other artists, she hopes to help others who find themselves at a similar time of life.
"I've always had a deep desire to help other women realize their goals," she said.
A quote she clings to by Anne Morrow Lindburgh in "Gift From the Sea," she said, reads, "One can never pay in gratitude. One can only pay in kind somewhere else in life."
She said she hopes other women at age 68 realize "they don't have to stay home in their bathrobe."
"Nothing stays the same," she said. "You just have to be patient and say 'there's a time for everything.' I feel like I've arrived at another stage. Life changes, and it's just full of opportunities."
The Shops @ 1015 Oak is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Viki Teague is married to Warfield Teague. They have three children and four grandchildren.