Port Clinton’s brain gain: Toni and Doug Garrett

Toni, a 1965 Port Clinton High School graduate, and Doug Garrett, a former Port Clinton High School art teacher, have started Erie Cottage Trading Company and 2nd Street Gallery and Shoppes, both upscale consignment galleries and resale shops. This month Erie Cottage Trading Company is celebrating its fourth year in business.

The Garretts moved to Perrysburg after college to raise their children. After Perrysburg, the Garretts moved to Florida.

“It’s nice to be back in the Midwest,” said Toni. “When working retail in Florida there were people from all over the world, but here it’s comfortable. I missed the Great Lakes. Even with seeing the ocean, I missed the Great Lakes.”

Eight years ago Toni moved back to Port Clinton from Florida to take care of her mother. At the time, Doug was still working as a teacher in Florida, so when the time was right he joined Toni up north.

“All the people from our class are coming back,” said Toni, “even if it’s only part time. It’s the people here I love; it’s been so nice coming back to people we know.”

Toni and Doug’s son, Garth, just moved to Port Clinton with his wife, Gabby. With Garth and Gabby comes Toni and Doug’s grandchild, Decklyn, who is four.

In 2010 the Garretts started Erie Cottage Trading Company and then they expanded to 2nd Street Gallery and Shoppes. Each of the shops houses art and refurbished treasures from local artists and collections from around the area and world, adding a great piece of art and culture to Port Clinton.

Erie Cottage Trading Company is located on 125 Monroe Street, just behind Coffee Express. 2nd Street Gallery and Shoppes is located on 124 W Second Street. For more information on these businesses contact Toni and Doug at 419-341-1610.

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