HYPERLOCAL NEWS HUB BY THE UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS DEPARTMENT OF JOURNALISM
CY Owner Has Most Businesses in Area with Eight
By Hannah C. Owenga
A husband and wife team is taking over Cooper-Young with their quirky style and savvy business sense with the most businesses in the area.
Started in 1996 by Frank and Mindy Roberts, The Palladio Group is a thriving, cultural business-mecca of Mid-Town Memphis.
The Palladio Group is composed of Palladio Antiques & Art, The Art Factory, Memphis Waterworks, Market Central, Crafted Classics, Gallery Fifty Six, Architectural Arts, and Café Palladio.
Mindy Roberts said she and her husband have been in the antique business for most of their married life.
“My sister, Amy Howard, was the one who initially started Palladio,” she said. “Her furniture making business had grown so that she couldn’t give the attention to Palladio as an antique showroom the way she wanted to so she approached us about purchasing it and we thought, sure.”
The manager of six said she and her husband do not have plans on expanding any further.
“We have so much monetarily invested in this area that truthfully it’s all we can do to manage what we’ve got going here,” she said. “There’s a great sense of community in this neighborhood.”
In fact, Roberts said, she and her husband do not feel like they are in competition with the other businesses in the area.
“I think it just adds a nice mix to the neighborhood. As far as our customer base, I think they enjoy going to the different stores,” she said. “That was one of the reasons we opened a café because we wanted people to be able to come here and stay, have an afternoon.”
Roberts said the store’s unique merchandise can come from unexpected places.
Inside Market Central, on the sales floor, you can find uniquely worn tables from bleachers at Fairview Middle Schools and Christian Brothers High School. Old barbeque grills are now mirrors and outdoor decorative fencing that adorn the market walls. Antique jewelry and trending furniture accessories rest throughout the rest of the store. Outside of Market Central, The Jim Place signs lie in the wood shop ready for creative hands amongst sounds of water fountains and sporadic Christmas lights.
“We get so many really neat things, unfortunately I can’t use them all in my house,” she said.
Keeping them in-store seems to be working well for the Palladio Group.
Frank Roberts, Roberts’ son and construction manager, said that they have gotten a great response from all over Memphis for donations and purchases.
“It just works,” said Roberts. “All of our businesses are work together and provide an experience for the entire day.”
Roberts is often contacted by businesses and Memphians to donate. The process begins with brainstorming, planning and re-creating.
The rest is history.
Owner Roberts said most customers prefer the items with a story and those are the ones that sell fastest.
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