Two new businesses opened this month in adjacent spaces in the 1000 block of Caroline Street in downtown Fredericksburg.
Isabellas, which specializes in collectible antiques, opened Thursday at 1006-A Caroline St. Spaces Design Studio recently moved into its new office next door at 1004 Caroline St.
Isabellas is named after the daughter of Anita Blau, who will run the store with her fiancé, Richard Crenwelge. Isabellas will also handle estate sales and appraise collectibles.
Blau has been in the antique collectibles business for 25 years. She used to own stores called The Blue Hat in Stafford County and Straight From the Barn in Woodbridge. She lives in Woodbridge.
The new Isabellas storefront used to be home to Crow’s Nest Studio, and before that PA Dutch Food & Candy Co., which moved across Caroline Street. Blau said she chose the space because she likes the history and atmosphere of Old Town Fredericksburg and wanted to be next door to Foode, a popular eatery.
Foode, which is in the back part of the building in which Isabellas rented space, decided not to expand into that adjacent space or another one that’s available behind it off the courtyard because having additional tables could mean slower food service for its customers.
Foode has recently embarked on something of an expansion, however. The restaurant’s owners will use the front of the storefront that Spaces Design Studio recently moved into at night for special events. Foode will also have its offices in the back of the Spaces storefront, as will KALA Studios, a custom furniture designer whose contemporary pieces will be on display.
Spaces Design Studio is an architecture and interior design firm that had been located above the new ground-level space. The owners have worked closely in the past with both Foode and KALA Studios, which led to the new shared office and event space.
Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Vintage Boutique, which used to be at 1004 Caroline St., has since moved to 1009 Princess Anne St.