\r\nCalico Corners Has New Digs in Old Town!\r\nby Amanda M. Socci\r\nOn January 9, a crisp winter night in Old Town, Calico Corners celebrated the grand opening of its new retail space at 817 King Street, just across from its former store at 814 King Street. Festivities began at 5:00 p.m., with former Mayor Allison Silberberg assuming ribbon-cutting honors.\r\nCalico is a public showroom that provides custom-made home d\u00e9cor goods, including window treatments, pillows and bedding, and upholstery. The new store is a visually stunning rectangular space with every inch dedicated to fabric swatches, wallpaper samples, decorative trim, and furnishings.\r\n\r\nCalico\u2019s staff members were all smiles as they greeted patrons and invited them to feast on a spread of sandwiches, seafood and desserts. Each guest also received one raffle ticket, with a chance to win a copy of the home d\u00e9cor book, Prints Charming by Madcap Cottage: Create Absolutely Beautiful Interiors with Prints & Patterns, signed by the evening\u2019s special guests, John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon, the famous interior design duo from Madcap Cottage.\r\nBased in Thomasville, NC, Loecke and Nixon travel widely, sharing their meticulous insight and intuitive connections on all things lighting, design, and d\u00e9cor with audiences throughout the United States. In Virginia to renovate a home in Burke, Loecke and Nixon spent an hour entertaining Calico\u2019s guests with witty anecdotes from Prints Charming and their outlook on home d\u00e9cor trends for 2019. Calico staff broadcast the talk live on their corporate Facebook page.\r\n\u201cWe\u2019re very much about timeless,\u201d noted Nixon. He amused the audience when noting that \u201cavocado and orange are from a specific point in time\u201d and that perhaps Calico clients might not want to duplicate colors from their mother\u2019s kitchen.\r\n\r\nCalico Corners invited Loecke and Nixon to be its special guests at the grand opening as part of the debut of Madcap Cottage\u2019s new fabric collection, \u201cA Life Well Lived.\u201d It is a collaboration with a formidable player in the home textiles and furnishings industry, the Robert Allen Duralee Group. The whimsical prints in the collection reflect the inspiration Loecke and Nixon experienced during recent travels to various states and countries and, according to Calico promotions, \u201ccelebrate the art of travel and gracious living.\u201d\r\nCalico store manager Kisha Killingsworth, who greeted guests and officiated the raffle, brings a degree in management and merchandising to her position, an ideal mix of design and customer service. \u201cYour home is special,\u201d she said, \u201cthe first impression is everything.\u201d\r\n\r\nEdward Haddad is another Calico employee who brings meaning to the job. Now in his 70s, Haddad has been with the company for 18 years and serves as chief designer at Calico Old Town. He stressed the importance of \u201cworking with women on collaborative communications,\u201d which he says is the balance between listening carefully to the client\u2019s home d\u00e9cor wishes and providing thoughtful fabric and design recommendations.\r\nCalico offers in-store design consultations and services as part of its custom order package. Its local workroom will fulfill custom orders in eight to ten weeks.\r\n\r\nCalico Corner\u2019s corporate offices are located in Pennsylvania. The company has been in business for 70 years and has a strong reputation as a specialty retailer of decorative fabrics. It has 70 retail stores located throughout the United States.\r\nFor more information about Calico Corners Old Town, go to www.calicocorners.com\/storepage. Information about Madcap Cottage is available at madcapcottage.com.