The Mill on Etowah will see the opening of its largest retailer so far, when The Cotton Mill Exchange, 141 Railroad St., opens at 10 a.m. on Jan. 13.

The 48,000-square-foot space will open with vendors selling clothing, home decor, antiques and more.

Development of The Cotton Mill Exchange inside The Mill at Etowah started during the summer, with hopes of opening during the fall, but due to unforeseen circumstances, the opening was delayed.

“The mill is over 100 years old, so with this being an old building we have run into different inspection issues, support beams needed to be added and some things needed to be changed,” said Jack Skelly, one of the managers for The Cotton Mill Exchange. “It’s still in pretty good shape though and the texture and layout of the mill adds character.”

Several of the old doors that were once used in the mill are now scattered throughout to preserve the history and to add to the atmosphere.

It will be filled with merchandise consisting of handmade furniture, antiques and primitives, handcrafted and new jewelry, gifts, a variety of clothing options and more from over 200 designers, artisans and small business owners.

A few dealers have already set up shop throughout the cotton mill, while the majority are in the process of setting up or waiting until it gets closer to opening day.

“Most of the dealers are waiting until January to set up,” Skelly said at the end of December. “It is going to get real hectic and crazy with everyone moving in, but we’re excited. In total, we are expecting around 130 of the 220 shops to be open on Jan. 13.”

The Cotton Mill Exchange also has a service desk for shoppers who have questions about the mill or shopping items that the many different dealers are selling.

“We tried to have a bit of everything for everyone,” Skelly said.

Owners Steve and Lori Sinatra are excited about the opening of The Cotton Mill Exchange and Steve Sinatra said that he believes the mill will be a success.

“We’re very excited about The Cotton Mill Exchange,” Steve said. “We’ve been working on this project for years. It really is a dream come true to open a business in Canton that connects local artisans with the people of Canton and the surrounding areas. It’s also important to bring new life to this historic building and to let visitors know that the mill is a very big part of Canton’s history.”

Skelly also said he believes The Mill on Etowah will be a destination place in the future thanks to the Cotton Mill Exchange, the several new retailers and restaurants, activities and Reformation Brewery.

The Cotton Mill Exchange will be open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m.

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Ethan is a reporter covering the cities of Holly Springs & Canton. He also covers city governments and lifestyle. He is a graduate of Kennesaw State University.

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