Get Nostalgic at Nanas

Rebecca Hogan has 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, all of whom call her Nana. Appropriate to her nickname, she worked at a Seven lakes daycare before the pandemic. Maggie Beamguard/SLI

By Maggie Beamguard

Insider Editor

Thoughts of visiting Nana’s house evoke nostalgia for things of old: tins full of cookies or sewing supplies, cross-stitched pillows, butterscotch in candy dishes, decorative Avon bottles and granny-square afghans.

You can indulge your yearnings for things of yore at the recently opened Nana’s Knuk in the Seven Lakes Business Center. 

Rebecca Hogan first opened the store in Asheboro before moving to Seven Lakes in February. She owns the store with her daughter, Brenda Lopez, of Highlands.

Hogan has three children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. They all call her Nana, as do her nieces and nephews. Appropriate to her nickname, Hogan worked at a Seven Lakes daycare before the pandemic. 

The unique spelling for “nook” in the store’s moniker just popped into her head and stuck. It certainly helps convey the store’s eclectic contents.

In the nooks and crannies, you are likely to stumble across kitschy collectibles, housewares, ceramics, clothing, toys, furniture, tools, jewelry, handmade soaps, lamps, books, and art.

Hogan describes the store contents as “new, used and antique.“ She also says they have good pricing.

“I tell people we have anything that you can need except the kitchen sink,” said Hogan. Although, there was a bathroom sink available at the time of this article.

There are currently 19 vendor booths, and Hogan is in the process of adding four more, featuring handmade items.

Hogan’s booth contains bolts of fabric, sewing machines and containers filled with sewing notions. Like any good Nana, she has sewed her fair share of clothing and costumes.

She enjoys the opportunity the store gives her to keep busy and to meet people of all kinds from the vendors to the shoppers.

She also enjoys seeing what vendors bring to sell. Hogan describes it as experiencing Christmas morning every day. “You just never know what you’re going to get,” she said, “and to me that is part of the excitement.”

Nana’s Knuk is a treasury of miscellany. “It’s just unique, and they need to come by and see it,” said Hogan. 

The store is located at 4245 Seven Lakes Plaza and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

On your way out after a long browse, you can grab a Tootsie Roll, Dum-Dum or roll of Smarties from the candy jar. Just like you might find in your nana’s purse. 

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