“Delighted, impressed and proud” describe what I felt when I learned that my brother and sister-in-law, Mike and Suzanne Cooke’s antique business was listed in SJ Magazine as best antique emporium. Quality runs in the family.
According to the magazine’s comments, the Royal Port Antique is described as:
“Even the building that houses this antiques haven has a great back story (it was an abandoned feed mill). Since restoring the 12,000-square-foot property (complete with a wrap-around porch overlooking the water), owners Suzanne and Michael Cooke have made it their mission to offer an ever-changing selection of early-American pieces and architectural elements. There’s so much to see, plan to spend an entire afternoon shopping.”
In the Fall of 2004, Suzanne and Michael opened the Royal Port Antiques in the old South Jersey Farmer’s Exchange, an abandoned warehouse along the banks of the Fenwick Creek. The building sits at the entrance of the historic district of Salem, New Jersey. With the encouragement of the town and support of the Historic Preservation Commission, Suzanne and Michael extensively restored the warehouse.
Suzanne and Michael are active members of the Salem, community. They have even helped to organize many community events and tours in the city, including the walking ghost tour of Salem. You might say that community involvement runs in our blood.
If you’re planning a trip to Cape May or anywhere in South Jersey, a stop at the Royal Port Antiques is a must.