Nestled on ‘Antique Row’ in the heart of historic downtown Bossier City is the store Melissa Coker always dreamed of having.
Lissa’s Vintage, located at 521 Barksdale Boulevard, is a family owned and operated store that offers unique refurbished furniture, home accessories and more. The store is filled with vintage and rustic themed pieces, which Coker said is nostalgic of years past.
“These are things I loved as a child and things that provoke those memories,” she said. “I’m drawn to the vintage style because it really makes the house a home to me.”
Coker began refurbishing furniture for friends in the 1990s. She then became a vendor at Bayou Belle in Bossier City, coincidentally located next to her store, and began selling her restored pieces to the public.
That’s when the dream really took off.
“The building became available and we just decided to follow our gut and God,” Coker said. “This is a dream of mine that everyone has helped make reality.”
The store opened nine months ago and Coker said it’s truly a business of heart.
“We’ve been living in the area for 10 years now and we couldn’t find anything that matched what we wanted,” she said. “We wanted to open a store that we would want to walk into that has the sights and sounds of old home.”
Lissa’s Vintage is filled with one-of-a-kind decorative pieces to fill every room in the house. From the kitchen to the bedroom, Coker has created a space that will intrigue even the smallest budgets.
“This business means more to us than money,” Coker explained. “It’s about giving people something affordable that they can take home to make their home pretty. We price our items by heart, not double or triple the cost. We don’t forget about the woman who wants something beautiful for her home, but may not have the money to buy it.”
Coker has also opened her store to local vendors, who have filled booth spaces with an assortment of high end, handcrafted items and home décor.
“If I love it, I bring it in,” she added. “We don’t put anything in here that we don’t love.”
Coker said items in the store change with the season. She takes pride in her window displays, designed and decorated by her daughters, Hanna Walton and April Smith.
“We want the store to be everything the window makes you feel from the outside,” Coker said. “We get comments all the time about the ambiance of our store. We want it to be an enriched experience for your senses – sight, sound and smell.”
Coker opened the store with help from her husband, Gary Coker, and sons-in-law, Clint Walton and Mike Smith. In the nine months that Lissa’s Vintage has been open, Coker said she already has plans for her little store on Antique Row.
“I see my family growing this business bigger and bigger for generations to come,” she said. “It’s my little dream come true.”
Lissa’s Vintage is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information, visit their website at www.lissasvintage.com. Their merchandise can also be found on Facebook and Instragram.