The Times photo by Betsy Reason
Jill Janusiewicz of Noblesville has opened Noblesville Antiques on the Square in the former location of Noblesville Antique Mall, where she has been employed for the past three years.
The Times photo by Betsy Reason Jill Janusiewicz of Noblesville has opened Noblesville Antiques on the Square in the former location of Noblesville Antique Mall, where she has been employed for the past three years.
An employee of the former Noblesville Antique Mall has opened her own antique store in the same space in downtown Noblesville.
New store owner Jill Janusiewicz, who was the Noblesville Antique Mall manager for three years, attributed a supportive and encouraging community to her re-opening of the space.
Noblesville Antiques on the Square, which she opened on Aug. 1, had its ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration on Saturday.
And while the new store -- at 20 N. Ninth St. -- doesn’t quite have every nook and cranny filled like the former store, the new store, which offers rentable booth space (starting at $65 per month) for vendors, or dealers, is filled with many of the returning vendors.
So why did all of the vendors pack up and move out? Then move back in again?
The change of hands might have been less expensive for the vendors if the store’s new owner would have taken over the business in a smooth transition.
However, Noblesville Antique Store owners Bill and Fran Kurtz closed the doors of the building March 20, at the start of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease) pandemic and, due to their own business decisions unrelated to the pandemic, they also ended up deciding to close the store permanently, as well, requiring all of the vendors to pack up and move out by May 30, Janusiewicz said. “Some had been in here for 30 years,” she said.
“It was expensive for the dealers,” Janusiewicz said, to hire movers, to get boxes and packing and find storage for the items.
The building then sat empty until Kurtz' lease was up on June 30.
For those who weren’t involved in the transition, we all wondered what was going to happen to our antique store when we saw signage posted in the windows that the store was closing. But those thoughts were quickly eased when a new antique store was announced in mid-June and was coming to the same space.
Bret Richardson of Noblesville, owner of Richardson Property Management, owns the building and rents out the space, which has been an antique mall for almost 40 years, she said. Before the Kurtzes, Craig Ogden, owner of The Mix Vintage and New Marketplace, owned the antique mall. And before that, Roger and Diane Crim, were owners. And another owner before that. At one time, much earlier, the space was a Western Auto store.
The former owners, requiring that the vendors pack up and move out was a blessing in disguise.
“They really did us a favor,” said Janusiewicz. “One, it made the community realize how important this place was to them. And two, it gave us an opportunity to make this a better place for everybody.”
She received the keys July 1 and then used the next month for a sprucing up of the building. The space was cleaned from top to bottom, all three floors, and the walls were painted a fresh white, and the rugs were removed and floors cleaned and painted a dark blue gray. “I think it’s a lot cleaner,” she said.
She had help from employees as well as volunteers from the community in doing all of the work, during which time they uncovered a hidden stairway and old signage.
One of her faithful employees is Sherry Scott, who has worked at the store for about three years and is an antique dealer with a booth in the store, where clothing, decor and more that’s 30 years or older are welcome for sale. She smiled as she worked behind the counter.
Janusiewicz, who is an engineer by trade and OSHA certified, was born in Valparaiso and moved to Zionsville in second grade and then graduated from Pike High School. She is married with three grown daughters, ages 36, 23 and 20, and moved her family to Noblesville 16 years ago. “I raised my kids and I cleaned houses, and I went to college and I finished college.” She graduated from Purdue University with a degree in technical engineering in 2016. She started at the Noblesville Antique Mall as an associate and worked her way up to general manager.
Janusiewicz, who is invested in the downtown and who has signed a three-year building lease, said, “Community is important to me. The dealers are important. Some of them do it for their hobby, but some of them do it for their livelihood as well. I’m completely invested in this, emotionally and physically. My heart’s in it. I can’t imagine being anywhere else or doing anything else.”
What Janusiewicze loves the most are the customers, the people, and hearing their stories.

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