Superstition Grand Antique Mall In Mesa Now Under New Ownership
Superstition Grand Antique Mall in East Mesa is under new ownership as of March 1 following the passing of former owners Craig and Irmgard Handel earlier this year. The new owners are Mike and Ann Peterson, who had worked with the Handels for over four years and plan to continue in the same spirit as in the past.
The Mall offers over 12,000 square feet of quality antiques and collectibles, with about 100 dealers offering selections including: furniture, toys, western, art, jewelry and much more. Free appraisals are offered to the public and antique clock repair is available. A large selection of Howard products is carried for refinishing and caring for antique furniture and other items. Each month there is a store-wide weekend sale and outdoor flea markets are held throughout the winter season.
The Petersons are passionate about antiques and love to interact with their customers, making them feel at home. Ann says, “Our friendly and knowledgeable staff, with years of experience, helps make shoppers welcome. Jim is our resident political expert; John is our railroad and train expert; Georgia has been part of the staff for over 13 years; and Renee has a lovely line of glassware, china and collectibles. Dave and Michelle have both been with the mall for several years and Freyja is our newest employee.”
Mike Peterson has been involved in the antique business for over 30 years as a dealer and doing antique shows and markets in Wisconsin, California, Nevada and Arizona. Ann has 29 years of experience in the retail business and in advertising. Their goal is to make Superstition Grand Antique Mall a destination for people interested in true antiques and they will strive to provide the best antiques for their customers.
Ann explains, “Craig and Irmgard Handel were not only great friends of ours, they were our mentors. Craig inspired us and made it possible that we could take over the mall.”
During a short semi-retirement from their previous careers, the Handels had become interested in antiques and began to collect and accumulate them. Soon their hobby unexpectedly turned into a business and they participated in Antique Shows across Northern Minnesota where they had a summer home. During the winter months, they enjoyed a home in Mesa where they also pursued their new business across California and Arizona, including the Phoenix metro area. In 2002, they purchased Superstition Grand Antique Mall located at The Grand Hotel in Apache Junction and it quickly became a thriving business. A few years later, they moved the business to Mesa.
Irmgard loved all of the dealers and employees dearly. Craig was an intelligent caring man, an admired businessman and very detail oriented. Both made sure that their vendors were taken care of in a professional and loving way.
Although the Handels will be missed, Superstition Grand Antique Mall, located at 7536 E. Main Street in Sun Valley Plaza, will continue to be a wonderful destination for antiques and collectibles shoppers. For more information, call 480-982-1004; email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Superstition Grand Antique Mall on Facebook.