1. What drew you downtown as a place to open your business?
I'm from Texarkana and I grew up coming downtown to go to M&M Antiques. I moved to Houston for a few years and when I came back to Texarkana I really felt that we needed a little more "weird and quirky" downtown, and my idea for a shop was exactly that. I didn't think it would work anywhere but downtown.
2. Do you have a favorite downtown moment or memory?
Working with Dr. Rowe [who owns the Lindsey Railroad Museum and Old Town] to source things for Old Town has been a really fun experience.
She came in one day and said, "I need anything 1890s!", so I had that on my mind. The next day someone came in and brought me an 1890s-era dress - just gave it to me as a gift. That felt serendipitous, and then I began to find other things.
3. What is the most interesting thing that you've come across looking for items for your shop?
Oh that's easy, the most bizarre thing I've seen was a 1930s electroshock therapy machine that was made in Texarkana.
I initially thought it was a radio, it was inside of a case, but once I started looking at it more closely it had some sort of modified Tesla motor and a bulb that mimicked a Tesla coil. I had some museum contacts from my time in Houston, so I reached out to a museum in New York and described the object in an email. They asked, "Are you in Texarkana?" Turns out there was a man here who invented these and went door-to-door selling them as electroshock therapy machines to be used in your home. He ended up going to jail for fraud.
4. What do you want people to know about your business?
We are here to bring antiques back to Texarkana and to find them good homes. We are a quirky store, we do things our own way and make our own rules. We're a fun place to shop.
5. What would you like to see downtown in the future?
More unique and different businesses downtown. This neighborhood, and especially our block, has some awesome businesses and a great community feel, and I would love to see it continue to grow.
Thank you, Ms. Lewis! Scarlett Lewis owns Knock on Wood Vintage Supply Co, located at 216 E Broad St in downtown Texarkana, AR. Follow Knock on Wood on Facebook and on Instagram to keep up with Scarlett's latest finds! Or stop in and check out her store Wed - Sat from 11-5.