When Jeff and I met in the early 1990s, HGTV was planning a show, “Building Character.” Anyone remember that show? Jeff and I loved the show! It inspired a dream in us to one day find a building in need of restoration, hopefully on Main Street in a small USA town, create a living space above a retail Antique Shop. It took us a few years since we had just started a family and built a home in Tennessee on Jeff’s family farm.
In early 2003, we were invited to do the second annual New Harmony Golden Raintree antiques show in New Harmony, IN and when Jeff arrived, our booth was right in front of the 1899 Firehouse that we now call home. It all started with a dream, an inspirational TV show and those who love history who have restored buildings before us. All weekend, Jeff sent me photos of the town and talked about how cool an old firehouse was where his booth was located. Two weeks after doing the Locust Grove Antique Show in Louisville, Ky, our family set out to see what Jeff had seen in this building and small town in Indiana.
I have told this story often and you may have heard it before, but this time I want to use it to encourage others to find a small town and restore a building. It’s been 15 years this September and we continue to grow and change to adapt the changing antique business. We have so many loyal customers that have supported us over the years. I wanted to share the restoration process with a few photos and some photos of the early days.