Grace & Thyme: An inspired Name
A storefront in Indian Head will soon be home to an antique and vintage shop called Grace & Thyme. Susie Hilton owns the store and is relocating it from Regina.
Hilton, who is originally from Texas, opened the shop in Regina when she retired from the healthcare industry in 2017. She recently bought 514 Grand Avenue in Indian Head, previously the Maple Toy Store, and is looking forward to enjoying the slower pace of life in a smaller community.
The shop’s name, Grace & Thyme, was inspired by her relationship with a neighbor named Grace.
“She and I used to do a lot of gardening together so that’s where the word ‘thyme’ comes from,” Hilton explained.
“When we were transitioning her into assisted living, she had a beautiful dining room set that no one in her family had use for and she gifted that to me as one of my first big pieces in the store.”
The shop now has a wide array of treasures for sale, including furniture, books, collectibles, vintage clothing and hats.
“My tagline is vintage, chic, antique and unique, décor and furniture items for the home and garden,” Hilton explained.
“I try to find pieces that are a little bit different. Some of them are traditional antiques, some of them I paint. Some things are just different that I think might catch someone’s eye for either decoration or starting them on their own path to collection.”
She noted that customers appreciate her effort to keep prices reasonable. This also benefits Hilton as it keeps merchandise moving and enables her to frequently add new items to the store.
As she was preparing for the upcoming move, Hilton received a particularly interesting item. A former client from Indian Head visited her store in Regina and gave her a mirror that used to hang in the Indian Head Men’s and Boy’s Store.
Hilton later learned that her new location on Grand Avenue had been occupied by the Men’s and Boy’s Store for 50 years, so she feels as if she is bringing the mirror home.
After the Regina shop closes this weekend, Hilton will spend the month of October transferring items to her new store. Although the new Indian Head location will not formally open until next spring, Hilton may hold a Christmas sale.
She is also looking forward to hosting workshops and classes at Grace & Thyme. These could include lessons on painting, decoupage, and upcycling.
Workshops may also be hosted in collaboration with The Sinking Canoe, another antique shop already established in Indian Head.