It’s fun watching people walk into Paradise Mall for the first time.
Their eyes get big. They start looking all around. They clearly weren’t expecting this.
“A lot of people think it’s going to be tiny judging by our frontage,” said Candace Hill, who owns Paradise Mall along with her husband Jon. “We have more than 10,000 square feet.”
And nearly every inch of that 10,000 square feet is packed with gems and treasures just waiting for a new home. Furniture, old books, dishes, baseball cards, lamps, vintage signs … you name it, they probably have it.
If that’s not enough, they also offer a variety of helpful services.
“We’re more than a flea market,” Candace said. “We also make keys and do payday loans, as well.”
The Hills bought Paradise Mall in 2015, fulfilling a dream Jon had since his teenage years.
“I grew up around the auction business and got my first flea market booth when I was 18,” he said. “Ever since buying that first item to resell, I’ve been hooked.”
Paradise Mall is located at 105 S. Broadway. Jon said when they first took ownership of the business, that part of town was a little quiet. Today, however, is a different story.
“This area south of Fourth Street has really taken off recently,” he said. “With the two breweries, axe throwing, Signet, and all the boutiques, we’ve really seen the traffic pick up down this way. It’s been very nice and very fun.”
Candace said the growth and progress in Pittsburg, matched with community support, has helped make their venture as business owners and residents even better.
“We love the small town vibe with big city opportunities,” she said. “The people here are always so friendly, and we can’t think of anywhere better to raise our daughter.”