MAPLE PARK – Josie Hopkins knew she always wanted to have a shop on her property at 15454 Route 38 in Maple Park.
“I always wanted it to be a place where people could come and be nurtured, and come and roam around,” Hopkins said. “There are many gardens here ... in between the buildings here, people can walk.”
Josie’s Antiques first opened in her milkhouse 25 years ago. Now, it has expanded to three other buildings on her property.
“Through the years, I don’t know even how many thousands of dollars have gone into these four buildings,” Hopkins said.
Customers meandering through Hopkins’ shop will find plenty of antiques dating back decades. Some of the antiques, such as a wood cookstove, were once owned by Hopkins. She said the antiques resonated with her.
Every weekend, Hopkins makes a fresh batch of chocolate chip cookies for her customers. She said some people have come out just for the cookies themselves.
“They’ve been like the icon of the place,” she said.
There are no other employees at Josie’s Antiques. It is just Hopkins, another friend who helps with lifting, and whatever family that is around. She also sells other people’s antiques if they are having trouble selling them.
Hopkins said she has no plans for expansion of hours or number of locations.
“I’m here now, in the moment,” Hopkins said. “I don’t have an expanded view of ‘Oh, I got to get to this goal.’ ... I’m just here for people.”
But Hopkins is doing other things with her time. She said she teaches a class called “The Wisdom of the Soul.” She also wrote “One Soul’s Journey: A Mystic’s Way Home,” that was published last year.
“Everyone has universal truths and this is what I teach,” Hopkins said about her class. “I teach people how to see through the eyes of the soul. From the inner self. ... It’s inner-looking, it’s introspection.”