- De’France Antiques just celebrated their 10-year anniversary but have only been in their current location for nine years. When De’France first opened, it was in a much smaller location further down Eglin Parkway.
- Mark and Stacie Hoard are not the original owners. They actually started out as vendors at De’France when it opened in 2009 and purchased the business in 2012.
- De’France truly is a family business with the help of Mark’s brother Bob and his wife June. And Mark and Stacie’s grandson Drake can be found running around the store on most days.
- All of the furniture in the front room of the store is painted by Mark, Stacie, Bob or June Hoard.
- Mark and Stacie’s Boston Terrier Porsha was at the store everyday until her passing in August 2017. She can be found on their business cards and coffee cups, as well as shirts (pictured with angel wings) in the front of the store.
- Lili is their new Red Boston Terrier, now 17 months and still learning the ropes of the antique business. The store is pet friendly. and other dogs come into Lili’s “home” on a daily basis.
- De’France is made up of around 130 vendors and artists at any given time. They utilize every square inch, even renting out the bathroom walls.
- The wings on the building’s east side were painted by Sonyai McSwain, one of the store’s vendors.
- The machine that De’France uses every week to make their delicious fudge came from Coach N Four Gifts, another great mom and pop store that operated in downtown Fort Walton Beach for many years.
- Mark and Stacie are both driven to support local missions in our communities. After Hurricane Michael, they left their store one or two days a week for three months. With the help of their employees, vendors, friends and church family, they delivered clothes, blankets, cleaning supplies and grill food each week in the hardest hit neighborhoods.
From September through May 2020, De’France will host an outdoor market with additional vendors. During these markets, they will grill hamburgers and hot dogs donating 100 percent of the cookout proceeds to local charities.
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