83 South. Main St. - The Historic Building.
The building was the office of the Ontario County Times from 1895-1945. The Elizabethan façade was designed by architect, Claude Bragdon and installed by well-known regional builder, Rhoda Hogan in 1909. Father and son, Nathan and Charles Milliken, published the paper from 1852 to 1929. [Charles died in 1933.] They were always very interested in local history. Charles Milliken was the first president of the Ontario County Historical Society in 1902 and wrote the two-volume History of Ontario County in 1911. Their paper survived as the Ontario County Times-Journal until 1977. It was always well-known for publishing local history articles.
The building still looks the same today, with the charming addition of a mural painted on the walls of the passage way. The back has additional parking instead of horses and carriages! Artist Nancy Wiley was inspired by the architecture of this special place to open her shop in 2016.
Nancy Wiley - Store Owner
Nancy Wiley is the proud owner of TRUE LILY, a unique gift shop that has a creative and playful sensibility in beautiful Canandaigua, NY. A working artist since she graduated from RISD in the late 1980s, Nancy dreamed for many years of having a place to showcase her illustrated books and artwork along with the gift items she loves to share with her favorite people. Nancy moved to many places throughout New York state (including New York City) throughout the last twenty years, settling finally in the picturesque town of Canandaigua in the Finger Lakes Wine Region. She loves the beautiful old houses, tree lined streets and of course, the sparkling Canandaigua Lake. She feels this was the perfect place to raise her children and create art in a supportive environment. In 2016, Nancy bought the charming, Tudor style property of 83 S. Main St in Canandaigua that dates back to the1800s. Set in a carefully preserved downtown, the architecture and location inspired Nancy to open the shop TRUE LILY - named after her daughter. The shop is filled with art by Nancy and many local artists, as well as fun, unusual books and items that would make the perfect gifts for the special people in your life. The website features some of her favorite things that can be shipped directly to you until you can visit the store in person!