Friends for Life: Angela Martin & Marce Singleton

By Leslie Moore

Friends for Life: Angela Martin & Marce Singleton

Angela Martin & Marce Singleton, La Faye’s Lamp & Shade Shop

Our women friends are really “Kindred Spirits.”

Who is your oldest friend? How long have you been friends? Why is this friendship so important?

Angela: We are each other’s oldest friend. We were both born here and have been best friends since 3rd or 4th grade.

Marce: This friendship is important because we’ve shared so many parts of our lives with each other. We can’t imagine not having each other for support. We’re godmothers to each other’s sons and we love each other’s families.

Angela: We have so many things in common. We’ve had great times together going to gift and furniture markets in Atlanta and High Point for more than 30 years.

Marce: We enjoy each other’s company–over dinner, while shopping and especially traveling together. I went to Paris with Angela and her husband 3 years ago!

How did you end up working together?

Angela: My mother, LaFaye Clarkson, opened an antique shop down the street in 1964 called the Rustic Shop. Over the years it evolved into a lamp and shade shop. In 1983 we renovated this building which had originally been the home of the postmaster, and we moved the business to this location. It has been LaFaye’s Lamp and Shade Shop since then.

Recently I was considering hiring a General Manager for the business, and Marce became available.

Marce: It was perfect timing. I love being here.

The right lamp and shade makes such a difference in the ambiance of a room. Please give us two or three tips on choosing the right lamp and shade for our homes.

Angela: Lamps are a detail for your home that you really need to pay attention to as they set the tone. It’s amazing what changing the lamps in a room will do to update the space. We have new lamps, shades and other merchandise arriving every month and we’re always happy to help our customers make good choices. And we are very much in touch with what’s new and trending in lighting for your home.

Marce: A new lampshade and finial can change the personality of your old (cherished) lamp. It’s important to bring your lamp in when you’re shopping for a new shade so that we can help you get the perfect shade and the perfect fit – and a special finial for the perfect finishing touch!

Angela: It’s also fun to bring in your treasures and have a lamp made especially for you to preserve a special memory. Over the years we’ve made lamps from combat boots, hats and driftwood as well as beautiful family heirloom vases, urns, etc.; or we can re-wire and update your old lamps and fixtures.

Marce: I recently saw a lamp that was made here many years ago using a trumpet and it could be taken off the base and still played. It was very interesting.

Stop by La Faye’s and visit Marce and Angela at 608 North Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach, or call 843-626-9952. La Faye’s Lamp & Shade Shop is open Tuesday-Friday, from 10 am-5 pm, and Saturdays by appointment.

About this writer

  • Leslie Moore Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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