Arkansas needs an Architectural Salvage store!
My wife and I were on our way to meet my mom to pick up our daughter, who had went to stay with her “Nonnie & Pappa Phil” for the weekend. On our way, we stopped in this antique store on highway 65 in Botkinburg. From the highway, this looked like your average metal building antique store. Although, once inside, we realized this place was a network of 10 buildings, which were all packed to the brim! All with incredible pieces of furniture and decor. Most of which were late 1800 and early 1900 originals with a few replicas sprinkle about. As we strolled throughout the buildings, amused by the size and detail of the products of these eras, I could only dream of having items of this scale and significance in my home. I was intrigued, but awful afraid of most of the price tags. You could tell that the owner was very proud of their immense collection. Eventually, we left without purchasing anything, but were very happy that we had stopped in and experienced that place. We agreed that the store is one to remember if we ever have a hole to fill with a unique piece of furniture.
After the images had left my mind, I began to ponder…. What if there were a store of that scale or even larger, in Arkansas, that salvaged and sold architectural elements of significance and particular interest? That would be awesome! I would probably go there as much as I go to Lowes. It would be cool to find some unique element(s) and design a space around it. Hmmm…. I see a nice business opportunity here!