By the North Branch of the Kalamazoo River and among many other businesses, a small, quiet shop stands next to Stirling’s Books and Brew. The appropriately-named Yesterday’s News is a quaint antique and vintage shop owned and run by Debby Myers that has been in business for seven years.
Before establishing Yesterday’s News, Myers was a journalist for 30 years, working at an array of publications in Michigan and Florida. Towards the end of her journalism career, she also worked for Michigan and Indiana schools as a public relations writer.
In 2016, Myers opened her shop with her friend Jim Dean, an alum from Albion College. Dean, who was also a journalist for many years, asked Myers if she wanted to establish an antique shop here in Albion.
“We came up with the name Yesterday’s News because we’re both journalists, and we thought that it played on what we were selling – vintage and antique items – as yesterday’s items,” said Myers.
While working as a journalist, Dean established an estate sale company known as Dean and Associates. Myers worked with Dean and Associates, leading her and Dean to later establish Yesterday’s News. After Dean’s recent retirement, Yesterday’s News began doing estate sales in addition to its typical antique selling.
Inside, the store is lined front to back and top to bottom with an assortment of items from the 1950s up to the 1990s. There are a few notable items Myers tries to keep in constant supply: retro cameras, a typewriter and even a decorated Christmas tree.
“I always keep a Christmas tree with a few ornaments,” Myers said because some customers “will buy Christmas things for their souvenir rather than a more traditional souvenir.”
Myers said the people of Albion are kind adding that she enjoys engaging with the community as much as possible.
When prospective students visit Albion, Myers said, “I will tell them you’re not going to get a kinder town.”
Meyers said students regularly help her unload items from her car, help around the shop and are friendly to her and others around town and in the community. In attempts to give back to the community, Myers enjoys working with the theatre department, helping with the Festival of the Forks and other small acts to give back to the community – including giving students a 10% discount storewide.
“I personally appreciate being able that I can do some things like that to give back to this community because this community has been very kind to me as well,” Myers said. “So I’ve been very grateful for that.”