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Sweet Caroline Antiques

09/21/2018 07:00AM ● By Robert Frey
Sweet Caroline…good times never seemed so good (so good!) That’s exactly what the upcoming antique shop, Sweet Caroline, intends to bring to the Iberia Parish community – good times and gorgeous antiques. Charlie Sanders and his sister in law Madlyn Fage have always enjoyed collecting and refurbishing furniture together. Now that they have filled their own homes, and their children’s homes, with stunning collections and creations, they want to share their gifts with their friends and neighbors.

Sanders and Fage comprise an antique restoration dream team. Most people know Sanders through his business S&S Renovators, where he specializes in fire and flood restoration. He’s been refurbishing items since he was 10 years old. Fage is a true garage sale guru, an antique aficionado, an estate sale expert. She finds the perfect pieces and Sanders gives them a whole new life.

“I’ve always been an antique buff,” Fage proclaims. “I look at things and see what they could be, and Charlie executes that. He approached me about turning our hobbies into a business. It sounded like too much fun to say no.”

Sweet Caroline will offer a wide variety of antique furniture, art and décor. They will specialize in reclaimed, repurposed and revamped items. The store will provide antiques pieces for the outside of homes as well as the inside. Customers will be able to browse through architectural salvage, like windows, awnings and doors. Sweet Caroline will offer an unparalleled level of customization. Also unparalleled, is Sanders’ and Fage’s love for antiques and refurbishing.

“I’ve been doing this my whole life,” Sanders explains. “There’s just something in me that loves to bring new life to old stuff. This business will be a lot of fun for us – it’s a passion.”

Sweet Caroline is located at 2206 East Main St., New Iberia. Currently, they plan to be open three days a week. They will hold their soft opening on Friday, October 12 and invite everyone out to their grand opening on Saturday, October 13. Sweet Caroline will be open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am - 4 pm and Sundays from 1-4 pm. Clients wanting to take advantage of customization or refurbishing are welcome to make appointments by phone.

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