Roman and Linda Chang started with 5 dealers in the summer of 2002 with the idea to form a new antique mall that featured a quality location to sell their items. They placed an advertisement inviting applicants to join them in Carmel, Indiana. They had soon filled their first location in Mohawk shopping center, which opened on October 1, 2002 with a total of 10 dealers. Their waiting list grew rapidly as visiting dealers recognized their standards of excellence and wanted to be part of the team. The store doubled in size within 2 weeks and we did some radical remodeling. By November 1st we were enjoying great success with 19 dealers and a waiting list of over 25.
In February of 2003 Roman and Linda started negotiations on the mall's current location. By May the deal had been closed and remodeling had been started on one of the oldest buildings in Carmel and located right in the heart of Old Town. The newly remodeled Carmel Old Town Antique Mall (COTAM) opened at 38 W. Main St. on October 1, 2003. The waiting list by this time was 125! When the store officially opened, it had 72 dealers with 100% occupancy in a combination of 84 booths and showcases. The floor space went from 1750 to 3500 to a little under 12,000 sq. ft. in a short year. There is currently a waiting list, but new dealers are not selected from the order they came aboard- but selected after an application and interview process. This is to insure the best quality and diversity that we feel the mall should offer. New applications are always welcome and we are fortunate that dealers and customers alike receive the impression that they get from the mall has become a selling point. At COTAM, we stress quality and diversity along with a friendly, helpful and knowledgeable staff.
For dealer and customer convenience COTAM is open 7 days a week from 10am - 7pm. We offer amenities such as a lounge area with complimentary coffee and tea, shipping and delivery, free parking and much more for our customers and dealers.
We schedule and e-mail a calendar of events to a large customer base. If you would like to receive news please submit your information on the contact us page.
COTAM also belongs to the NAAM and subscribe to specialty services such as Reproduction News in order
to stay current with trends and protect our customers and dealers from fakes and repros.
The Old Town area of Carmel has been designated as the Arts & Design District and there are many exciting things happening here. There are several new projects under development that will offer opportunities for boutiques, art galleries, antique shops and restaurants.