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Everything you need to dress up your dining experience

The specialty of the store is dining room sets such as the one in the photo above which come with six chairs and an 18-inch leaf. Photo by Margaret Ontl

For Sara Shaw it was natural to follow in her parents' footsteps. They had for years been restoring dining room furniture and selling it in antique malls. Shaw recently decided to leap into the retail business in Hudson offering her expertise in everything a person needs to bring fine dining back to their homes.

She opened The Dining Room Shop this week at 511 Second St. in Dania Hall. Her mother Carol Billig will be on hand to help out and provide assistance to both Sara and her customers.

"We offer restored or gently used dining furniture," said Billig. "The whole concept is to help bring fine dining back to your home. It's coming back and it is an art."

Along with dining room furniture, which includes dining sets, china cabinets, sideboards and many other pieces, they offer stemware, flatware, vintage linens, tea cups, tea pots and china settings. At the present time the shop is featuring a light, casual summer theme, but they have high end furniture dating back to the turn of the century and beyond including Chippendale dining sets.

"We are hoping to grow so we can have more pieces on site," said Shaw. For the time being they will have a digital format for customers to see other available pieces.

Also offered are candles, candle sticks and other accessories like crystal salt shakers.

"A lot of the young folks are starting to get interested in dining and entertaining at home," said Billig. "It has to do with the economy and the fact that families are missing their connections."

"When we think about family and family memories they are mostly set around a family meal," said Shaw. "We want to help bring that back."

"We offer an exceptional value," said Tom Billig, Shaw's father, who is in the publishing business. Carol, while having worked in all aspects of publishing, has also had her own furniture restoration business for nearly 20 years. The Billigs and Shaw are currently residents of Stillwater.

Summer hours for The Dining Shop are Tuesday and Thursday from noon to 8 p.m.; Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

For more information, call (715) 377-1500. A Web site is under construction and look for fun classes to begin in the fall.