The Brand New Williamsburg Pottery
Just about every local person around Williamsburg has visited the Williamsburg Pottery. But what most remember are dusty, sweltering surroundings, and digging through old bins for merchandise. The Pottery came to its lowest point in 2008, and the buildings and 1,200 acres were on the real estate market for $25 million. When that didn’t work out, “Kim Maloney and Peter Kao had a vision to re-create the Pottery in a new way.” says spokesman Linda Stanier.
As dramatic as the Williamsburg Pottery’s reinvention is on the outside, wait until you see the inside.
The out-dated buildings have been replaced with a Dutch Colonial themed, highly organized, 160,000 square feet of retail space. Three new buildings constructed by Henderson Inc. are split into kitchen and wine, housewares, and outdoor living. Laid end to end, the shelf space spans more than 9 miles. “Dramatic outdoor lighting reinforces that sense of place as a tourist destination. The Pottery will now be open until 9 p.m. instead of closing at sundown.” (Read more)
The Grand Opening will be Thursday, April 5 – the 100th birthday of the Pottery’s founder, Jimmy Maloney, and a portrait of Jimmy hangs in the building.
“We needed to build a place for our locals and visitors to come and sit down in the evening and have entertainment,” Kao said. In addition to entertainment, the Pottery is greatly expanding its demonstrations.