Thursday, January 18, 2018
Business

Treasure Trove Mini-Mall gives real estate broker a way to assist clients

HUDSON — Lana Black has been a real estate broker in Pasco County for more than 30 years, and she's never had a problem selling a house. But once a house is sold, many clients have the added burden of dealing with home furnishings.

"Some of my (older) clients may be going into assisted living or to live with their children," Black said. "Or they are downsizing and moving to a smaller place. ... I often hear, 'Now that I sold my house, what can I do with all this stuff?' "

Black's solution: Treasure Trove Mini-Mall & Consignments. Black started the business four years ago, mostly to offer her services to handle estates. It began with a 400-square-foot room, which quickly moved to a 4,200-square-foot facility. About two years ago, Treasure Trove moved to its newest location in Point Plaza, northwest of the intersection of U.S. 19 and State Road 52. The store boasts 29,000 square feet and is filled with all sorts of "treasures" — a blend of antiques, furniture, jewelry, dishes, artwork, musical instruments, holiday decor and other items. In fact, one could decorate a room or an entire house by shopping at the store.

"Everyone seems to love it," Black said. "It helps my clients who need help handling estates ... and it helps numerous vendors and consignors who needed an outlet to sell their items."

The store is also home to Black's realty business, Aqua Sea Realty. And it has a Mermaid Room, available to rent for meetings and parties. There is a special wedding section (Ooh La La Salon), a red hat section and even a "man cave" area where folks can sit on the sofa and watch TV while their spouses shop. In addition, shoppers can buy soft drinks and snacks (sandwiches and other lunch items are offered on weekends) and sit at one of the cafeteria-style tables. Also, with the exception of December, Treasure Trove holds estate sales on the last full weekend of each month.

Treasure Trove has about 100 vendors and 600 consignors. Shoppers come from all over — as far away as Ocala, St. Petersburg, Tampa and Zephyrhills.

Much of the store's success, Black says, lies with the relationship vendors and shoppers have with the store manager, Darlene Brush, who has been with Treasure Trove for four years.

"She is a great manager," Black said.

Brush fills many roles at the store and is often found on the floor, assisting and chatting with customers. In fact, she knows many of the regulars by name. She is often seen working the cash register, getting furniture ready for pickup or even cleaning a spill on the floor. She has also been busy this month decorating for the holidays.

To many of the vendors, Brush is also a friend.

"Darlene always comes through for us," said Heidi Hanna, owner of Heidi's Doll Closet and a Treasure Trove vendor for three years.

"They are all my people," Brush said. "They are a big part of the store."

Treasure Trove has several special events scheduled during December. Four themed Christmas trees, with decorations, will be raffled on Dec. 18, with proceeds benefiting food pantries and the SPCA. Also, Santa will visit on Dec. 16, 18 and 23, and children may receive free toys and candy. (Parents should bring a camera.)

Black says she doesn't take pay from Treasure Trove, but does it more as a community service. She said that since she is "nearing 70," she knows how difficult it is for older residents who find themselves needing to downsize.

"Selling the house is easy," she said.

Black admits the Treasure Trove is something she enjoys.

"I love it," she said. "It's a fun place to be, and our patrons feel that way, too."

Comments
Crystal Lagoon planners brace for chilly ribbon cutting today

Crystal Lagoon planners brace for chilly ribbon cutting today

WESLEY CHAPEL — Mother Nature seems to have a way of putting a chill on one of the hottest amenities in residential real estate development.Members of the business community, elected officials and officers with Metro Development Group and Crystal Lag...
Published: 01/18/18
Apple to build second campus, hire 20,000 in $350B pledge

Apple to build second campus, hire 20,000 in $350B pledge

Associated PressSAN FRANCISCO — Apple is planning to build another corporate campus and hire 20,000 workers during the next five years as part of a $350 billion commitment to the United States that will be partially financed by an upcoming windfall f...
Updated: 10 hours ago
Water Street Tampa developers seek artist and design for $600,000 outdoor art near USF med school

Water Street Tampa developers seek artist and design for $600,000 outdoor art near USF med school

TAMPA — Water Street Tampa called Wednesday for artists to send in their ideas for a big piece of public art for the outdoor plaza between one of the $3 billion project’s office buildings and the new University of South Florida Morsani College of Med...
Published: 01/17/18
Tourism brought in record $112 billion to Florida in 2016

Tourism brought in record $112 billion to Florida in 2016

Tourism brought in a record $112 billion to Florida’s economy in 2016, up about 3 percent from 2015, according to Visit Florida figures released Wednesday. About 10 percent — $88 billion — of the state’s gross domestic product came from tourism in 20...
Published: 01/17/18
Time to carbo load: Three new bakeries include an Australian bakery, second La Segunda

Time to carbo load: Three new bakeries include an Australian bakery, second La Segunda

LA SEGUNDAA Tampa Bay giant has stirred and is on the move. La Segunda Central Bakery, a family-owned Ybor City institution for nearly 103 years (they celebrated that birthday Jan. 15) and the largest producer of Cuban bread in the world, will open a...
Published: 01/17/18
Dow Jones closes above 26,000 for first time

Dow Jones closes above 26,000 for first time

The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local):4 p.m.Stocks are closing higher on Wall Street, sending the Dow Jones industrial average to its first close above 26,000 points.The Dow had traded above that level on Tuesday but wound...
Published: 01/17/18
Pasco goats somehow make yoga less weird

Pasco goats somehow make yoga less weird

DADE CITY — More than 36 million Americans practice yoga, but many people still feel intimidated by the ancient method of controlling the body and mind through physical and mental practices.Perhaps it is the daunting terms or confusing poses that cau...
Published: 01/17/18
Behold: The fastest cars at this year’s Detroit Auto Show

Behold: The fastest cars at this year’s Detroit Auto Show

DETROIT — Despite all the hype surrounding auto shows, let’s get real for a moment: The majority of the vehicles on display will end up ferrying kids to soccer practice, embarking on road trips and commuting between work and home each day.That’s unde...
Published: 01/17/18
This is why clothing companies want to know about your weight, jobs and past pregnancies

This is why clothing companies want to know about your weight, jobs and past pregnancies

The first step for a shopper buying a suit at the fast-growing menswear retailer Indochino is sharing his personal information: A salesperson armed with an iPad measures nearly everything on his body, from the distance between his belly button and re...
Published: 01/17/18
TECO, Duke linemen to help restore power in Puerto Rico

TECO, Duke linemen to help restore power in Puerto Rico

TAMPA — As more than 1.5 million people in Puerto Rico remain powerless, local linemen are stepping up and flying out to the island to help restore electricity. On Wednesday morning, 25 linemen boarded a flight from Tampa International Airport to Pu...
Published: 01/17/18