By DAVID FOLSE II
Tammany West news
COVINGTON — The City of Covington is quickly becoming the home of numerous small businesses of all shapes and sizes.
This past September, Anne Giovingo decided to join the club.
The owner of Miss Ellanea’s Notions, an antique and vintage gift shop, Giovingo has always been a fan of old toys and items from the past.
“Honestly I never thought I would be opening a small business this late in life,” Giovingo said. “I have always been in love with this place. I grew up in New Orleans and when Lee Lane opened years ago I would come across the lake and come visit it as much as I could. This building use to be a book shop. It was my favorite store.
“This past August, when a friend of mine and I came to celebrate her birthday at the English Tea Room, we came and checked this place out and they had a sign and it said space for rent. I had thought about opening a business for a while and when I saw the sign I jumped on it.”
An ardent collector of numerous different antiques ranging from dolls to plates and furniture, Giovingo joked about how beneficial the opening the store was to her own house.
“At first I was excited because I was going to be able to get rid of a lot of stuff from my house,” she laughed. “There are a lot of items in this shop which come from my own personal collection in addition to other things I got from making trips to other fairs or other business and collectors.
“What I like to joke about with customers is you never know what you are going to find in this store on any given day,” she said. “Just look at our name. Miss Ellanea’s Notions. Who knows what will be in this store at any given day or any given moment.”
For Giovingo, running Miss Ellanea’s Notions is a joy each and every day.
“It’s hard to describe,” she said. “It’s almost like I don’t consider it a job because it is just so much fun to come in here every day. I get to play house in a place which is not my house every day and I get to make a living doing it. Unfortunately, not a lot of people like their jobs. I am not one of those people.
“Everything in here has a story,” she continued. “There are antiques and vintage items. I have a background in English so I love writing and telling the stories of the items in this store. I like to say it lets you travel when you read and tell stories.”
Like in any antique store, the items in Giovingo’s store bring back memories for her customers.
“Of course we will get people in here and they see something that reminds them of something they had as a child growing up,” she said. “I can’t tell you how much I love listening to people tell their stories of happier times back in the day. The older the better.”
The other unique thing about Giovingo’s store is the prices. Unlike many antique stores, there are items available for any size pocketbook.
“I have been told by customers and even owners of other antique shops that we have some of the best prices on the market,” she said. “Of course some things are expensive because they are of great value. You can get things from $1 up. There are items for every price range and audience. I’m here to cater to anyone who walks into the store and I look forward to meeting everyone and learning their story.”
Located at 205 Lee Lane in Covington, Miss Ellanea’s Notions is opened Mon.-Sat. from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and on Sunday’s from 12 – 4 p.m. Check them out on Facebook or by phone at 985-892-7995.