9.15.2010

Pipits of Saratoga opening in Franklin Square

A local woman with a flair for art and entrepreneurialism plans to open a gallery for antiques and home goods this fall.

Jeanne Van Patten of Saratoga Springs is busy setting up a shop called Pipits of Saratoga at 6 Franklin Square. She’ll sell a mix of crystal and pewter dinnerware imported from Italy and France, as well as antique furniture and collectibles.

The idea, when customers enter the pistachio-hued rooms with hardwood floors in the Victorian building, is to make them “feel as if they’re walking into a home, but to know that everything’s for sale,” Van Patten said.

“I just got tired of always having to buy beautiful things from Neiman Marcus and Macy’s. Why should we have to shop online or go down to those stores?” Van Patten said. “Saratoga doesn’t have a source for fine crystal or dinnerware. The idea is to bring some of the finer things here.”

Van Patten named the store after the brown bird of the same name.

Her friend, local antiques expert Ronnie Serlin, has signed on to collect and price antiques for the shop, Van Patten said.

The building at 6 Franklin Square is home to several other businesses, including the Lily Saratoga bridal boutique, with which Van Patten plans to share an interior doorway so customers of both stores can walk between them.

Van Patten, 52, grew up in Clifton Park and has lived on North Broadway in Saratoga Springs for the last decade with her husband, Robert Reed. She’s a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology and the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Saratoga program.

She serves as the president of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center’s fundraising arm, the Action Council, and has two grown daughters.

For more information about Pipits of Saratoga, e-mail Van Patten at lJeanneVP@aol.com.

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