Antiques mall expanding

December 5, 2007
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MidlandMidland Arts & Antiques Market plans to open a 12,000-square-foot location in Carmel off of 126th Street between Meridian Street and Keystone Avenue. Midland's flagship store occupies an historic former door factory and showroom just east of downtown between New York and Michigan streets (pictured here). Owner Robert Lebow, a local physician, denied a rumor that he's trying to sell the 150,000-square-foot downtown building for a condo conversion. But he said he'd like to convert the fourth floor into a condo for his own use. Midland also has a small store in Michigan and is looking for space in New York City.
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  • New York City? Sorry, bad Pace Salsa joke.

    Good for him. I wish them well. I just hope he does not move out of downtown. There is definitly a need for his business.
  • Well, I hope they don't have scantily clad mannequins, or they're going to be toast. :-)

    This sounds like a good move for them. I'm intrigued to see how an NYC store would work.
  • Man, Nick, I thought I was going to be the first one to make a manequin joke. Mayor Brainard better put a quick stop to those crazy women or his hard work defining the image of Carmel will go down the drain and it will instead be the butt of jokes nationwide.
  • Carmel housewives opposed to VC's. It must suck to be a Carmel husband. Just adds to their image of being frigid and boring.
  • Sorry, VS's. That is what I get for trying to muli task. I wonder what I just e-mailed the boss.
  • I thought Carmel people only bought new furniture? Or pre-aged furniture.. The authentic issue doesn't seem like it would work in those McMansions! Ok, I'm an a**.
  • Hey, Benjamin, it's OK. One thing I know for sure, they are afraid to come south of 465, unless it's for Colts/Pacers games. Then it's right back in their SUV's....
  • LOL guys. Once upon a time I lived on a numbered street between 38 and 64, and people from north of 465 wondered if it was safe there.

    Not only was it safe, but my really old house cost more per square foot than their new ones.

    And in those days there was a VS at Glendale that I don't remember anyone complaining about.
  • Hey Cory. I really, REALLY would appreciate hearing something about the JW design update! Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
  • On a serious real estate note, I've heard that places like Midland have some trouble competing nowadays since all it takes to have an antique store is a digital camera and a website. Anyone able to comment on that from a professional perspective?

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