After tremendous personal loss, owner downsizes Oakwood antique store


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An antiques store in the Shops of Oakwood is downsizing to a smaller location after a liquidation sale this weekend.

Park Avenue Antiques, located at 2306 Far Hills Ave., has been in business for more than 36 years. The store is hosting a sale on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.

Ellen Branigan, the owner of Park Avenue Antiques, announced the change on the company’s social media pages. She said the business will transition to a smaller location in the Oakwood area, however the new location has not been announced.

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Branigan posted that the change came as she reevaluates her priorities. Last October, three members of her immediate family died within eight days of each other, she wrote on the Park Avenue Antiques Facebook.

“My daughter, Amie, left two boys – Theodore who is 3 and Tommy who is 18 months. Just two months earlier, I lost my ex-husband and dear friend Daniel Branigan. Having settled Dan’s estate I took a break and traveled to my retreat in Canada for a much-needed rest. On a Sunday at 8 a.m., I received a call about my sister, Linda. One hour later her son called me to say that she died of a massive heart attack. The next time I saw my mother, the next day, she was in the midst of a huge stroke. Mom died on Friday of that week. On the following Monday, I received a call that my youngest daughter had died,” she wrote.

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Branigan said she found herself with new priorities and responsibilities, and wants to focus on her grandchildren. The store has items up to 50 percent on sale. The Dayton Daily News has reached out to the store to find out more information about the new location.

“Please remember that Park Avenue Antiques is not going away, it is just transitioning to a new location,” she wrote.

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