February 1, 2023
Lauren Burke Meyer
Last month, my husband and I sneaked away for a 24-hour baby moon in St. Michael’s. During our rare, childless adventure, we found ourselves in Reclaimed, a charming store with the most unique and high-quality furniture and home décor I’d ever seen. I regretted bringing our tiny Prius instead of our Honda Pilot.
However, after chatting with the friendly owners, Mark and Tracey Miller, I was elated to learn they were bringing a Reclaimed store to Downtown Annapolis at 129 Main Street.
With a grand opening and ribbon cutting on January 7, Reclaimed of Annapolis got off to a fantastic start with support from Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley, Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce, local delegates, numerous news organizations and local patrons. Live music from Black Dog Alley and friendly retail associates offering complimentary beer and wine made for a great atmosphere.
“We start with quality and history and go from there. You might say we are the anti-restoration hardware, anti-Pottery Barn and anti-IKEA. The store is an homage to the roaring 20s” - Mark Miller, co-owner of Reclaimed of Annapolis
They had me at anti-IKEA. I feel like you need an engineering degree to put together anything from there. Some assembly required. Sure…
“Our company approach has always been about raising the bar and turning the furniture and antique industry on its head, while having a very interactive shopping experience with relevant furniture trendsetting, as well as rebuilding history one piece at a time,” said Mark Miller.
He’s right about the experience. Jack Shenk, a talented local high school student, plays music every Saturday from 12 to 2 PM. Other local musicians rotate playing 5 to 8 PM on Saturdays.
Americana décor and furniture dominates the shop. But Mark and Tracey travel all over the country to keep their stores interesting. And it works. Not only do they ship all over the United States, they ship globally too.
Here’s what you can expect to find at Reclaimed of Annapolis:
I asked Mark which items customers coveted most.
“Our most popular items are live edge slabs with a ton of character, as well as one person crank bases that go up to pub bar height and crank down to formal dining height” - Mark Miller, co-owner of Reclaimed of Annapolis
Check out these one-of-a-kind pieces below.
Mark noted that they also offer custom cast anchor legs for coffee tables, benches, and dining tables. They can even personalize with writing. Here’s one Annapolitans might love.
I was curious what prompted the Millers to open a new location in Annapolis. Their passion for history makes Annapolis an easy choice. However, Mark’s dad is a former Navy nuclear submariner.
“We are very passionate about historic towns and our boating and tourism traffic,” explained Miller.
Boating and tourism go hand in hand with St. Michaels and Annapolis. Between the two cities, the Millers own five retail stores. They started their original company, Iron Will Woodworks, in September 2016.
“We started as a demolition salvage company tearing down historical buildings and salvaging factories then re-milling and repurposing the product into unique one-of-a-kind pieces,” said Miller.
On the Eastern Shore, Mark and Tracey own Iron Will Woodworks, the first Reclaimed, and The Boathouse (which has a vintage, nautical theme). Across the Bridge, Reclaimed of Annapolis is alone for now. However, Mark and Tracey plan to open Annapolis Glass Works at 42 Randall Street soon.
It’s worth noting Reclaimed of Annapolis is a dog-friendly shop. Mark and Tracey’s rescue black labs and dog treats are just another part of the experience.
To stay up to date on all things Reclaimed of Annapolis, follow them on Facebook and Instagram. You can visit the shop at 129 Main Street, Annapolis, MD 21401.
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