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May 26, 2013

Antique shop opens in AuSable Forks



“Though we will miss the vibrant years of the ground floor Windows Galleries and its extraordinary exhibits, it has always been part of the original plan to install a business on the ground floor which enlivens Main Street and to develop the culture and education activities of the Tahawus Center’s permanent home in the second-floor gallery and the third-floor dance studio.”

AuSable Forks, a historic town established in 1825 around the lumber and forging industries, was chosen by Berkmann and Oehler for several reasons.

“There are a lot of real people in towns like this. People drive through the town headed to Lake Placid and other areas and we want to give them a reason to stop,” Berkmann said.

The proprietors make a concerted effort to discover the history and other facts concerning their merchandise.

“We buy virtually everything locally, mostly through yard sales and auctions. We try to research what these items are and discover the provenance and tell their stories. We’re trying to create an atmosphere,” Berkmann explained.

However, they usually don’t purchase items from people who may just walk into the shop with an item or two to sell.

In order to help all businesses, Berkmann and Oehler are considering a map on which other businesses are listed.

“We want to work together with the other businesses in the town,” Berkmann said.

Oehler hopes the new store will become a place where people will gather and talk, browse and learn, shop and meet for tea. She considers it as a place with an emphasis on the unusual, one-of-a-kind pieces ranging from Ethiopian food baskets to vintage lighting, which covers the spectrum from antiques to modern art.

While complementing the other antique stores that exist in AuSable Forks, Berkmann and Oehler bring their fresh perspective with new items arriving daily. They are hoping that one day AuSable Forks, already filled with hidden treasures, will become an antique-hunter’s destination.

While the hours of operation are 3 to 6 p.m. daily, this may change during the summer season. 

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