Downtown will soon be getting a new auction house and consignment shop, at 109 S. Sierra Madre St.
Mary Beth Cipoletti plans to open the Little London Market, the consignment part of the business, in the first week of January, and then add Auction House 109 to the business in February, both located in the former Ross Auction building. “Little London” comes from an old nickname for Colorado Springs. Ross moved to 815 S. Sierra Madre St. a year ago.
Cipoletti said she has experience in interior decorating and house staging and wanted to do a project downtown that used those skills.
“I very much appreciate the downtown area,” she said. “I think there’s a need for a community gathering place.”
Along with new and antique home furnishings, lighting, decor, artwork and high-end women’s consignment clothing, Cipoletti wants to eventually add a combination farmer’s and artisan market in the space next to the building and offer coffee and perhaps wine to customers.
“We’re trying to bring it up a notch from the other auction houses in town,” she said.
Although the location is a little off the beaten path in the shadow of the Colorado Avenue bridge, Cipoletti said it offers good access for customers and that the area gets more traffic than you might think.
“It’s busier than you would imagine down there,” she said. “It has very easy parking and very easy access off Colorado Avenue and the highway.”
Cipoletti is accepting consignment items now, but won’t open for business until some remodeling is done in early January. She said she has secured antiques from the Hearthstone Inn for her first auction in February. Auctions are planned monthly.
“I really would like to see our history stay here: our artwork and our antiques and our identity,” she said.