Best antiques: The Market

March 29, 2014 at 10:02 p.m.
Updated March 28, 2014 at 10:29 p.m.

Best Antique Shop:

The Market of Victoria

When Connie Wood lost her teenage son to leukemia at the turn of the century, she sought solace in her creative work.

The former Presbyterian Day School teacher left the school and opened The Market, her own artisan and painted furniture store in 2003.

The store was voted best antique store by Advocate readers.

Wood, 61, said she owes her success to her shop's keen sense of customer service.

"I have artisans that rent space from me, which means we have a wide variety of merchandise," Wood said. "I oversee the whole process and see what can come into the store. I keep a tight, tight rein over it all."

Her son, Chip, died three months after he graduated from Memorial High School.

"The painting of the furniture has really given me time to think and reflect on Chip a lot," Wood said. "I built this store centered around him."

Wood's store was open for three years before it expanded into more than 5,000 square feet to include clothing, shoes, jewelry, candles, furniture and home decor.

Wood has 15 artists from all over the Crossroads and San Antonio who rent from space from her.

The Market of Victoria

1411 E. Airline Road


Hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday

First Runner-Up

Laurent Street Antique Mall

1602 N. Laurent St.


Second Runner-Up

Twice Blessed Showroom Consignment

205 North Star Drive




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