I’m in love with a Frenchman.
Hold it! Rebecca knows all about it and approves.
The Frenchman in question is a standard Poodle named Lucas. He manages Antiques On The Square in Marietta and employs two lovely people, Melissa and Jim. To keep peace in the family, Lucas allows Melissa and Jim to think of themselves as his masters. And, I have it on good authority, Lucas even permits the two to live in his house.
I met Lucas last winter on my first visit to his marvelous and eclectic store. We bonded (scratching his ears will do that), and he deemed me worthy of being part of his circle of admirers. I have remained in his good graces – the bag of treats brought as tribute didn’t hurt – and am now greeted with an upturned head which, in Poodle speak, means scratch my chin, or I’ll banish you.
Lucas’ place – Antiques On The Square – is a collection of the priceless and the curious. There’s fine silver and furniture, old books, historic newspapers, Civil War swords, cameras, Coca-Cola collectibles, and a stunning collection of LP’s and rock memorabilia (especially The Beatles.) And there’s so much more. If you’re in dire need of a “Your Weight And Fortune” scale, they have one.
Lucas’ management style is benign indifference. When not greeting loyal customers who may know where the treats are hidden, he stays close to the cash register and exercises his fiscal responsibilities. He also seems diligent in his employee relations, following Jim or Melissa to various parts of his empire to make sure they don’t give away the merchandise.
In truth, Lucas is not particular about who scratches his ears. I have put that down to good customer relations and not as a sign of the deterioration of our relationship.
I encourage you to visit Antiques On The Square in Marietta, but if you go on the week-end you likely won’t find Lucas there. He dislikes crowds. Constant adoration and fawning are bad for business.
However, if he knows you’re in the market for that portrait of Robert E. Lee or a saxophone, he might make an exception.
But don’t forget the treats.