Love of antiques runs in the family
By James Peacemaker, Jr., Managing Editor
Feb 26, 2013, 16:34
photo by James Peacemaker, Jr. Robert Still has dreamed about oeping his own antique shop for seven years.
PETERSBURG — Arleene Herriman is not just the name of a new antique shop in Old Towne, she is the inspiration for it.
Owner Robert Still said his 5 foot 2, 85-year-old mother lives alone on a large ranch and still bushhogs hayfields and feeds cows. She also attends lots of estate sales.
Still said his mother provides many of the wares for the shop, but has yet to make the trip from her home in Florida to Virginia. When asked to visit, Still said his mom replies every time “What’s the temperature?”
photo by James Peacemaker, Jr. The shop is named after Robert Still’s mother, Arleene Herriman.
The love of antiques clearly runs in the family.
A bright storefront, sidewalk murals and rocking chairs out front welcome passers-by at Arleene Herriman Antiques and Other Diversions. The shop has a wide range of furniture, china, glassware and includes items from five different vendors. It has some items with Petersburg history and has hand-painted floor cloths, now made out of linoleum rather than old canvas to make them more durable.
“If you love ‘Downton Abbey,’ you will love this place,” Still said, referring to the popular British TV drama set in the early 1900s.
The shop has been a dream of Still’s for seven years. He previously had space at the Oak Antique Mall.
photo by James Peacemaker, Jr. Employee Arnette Barr points out items in the shop that would be of interest.
On Tuesday, Still was getting help bringing more items into the shop. He said it had taken weeks to get the location at 246 N. Sycamore St. painted, stocked and set up just right.
Employee Arnette Barr said the downtown area of Petersburg is growing fast and is becoming a national destination for antiquers.
“We’ve all grown out of the Oak. It is the cornerstone of the Petersburg antique mall.”
She doesn’t see other shops as competition as much as a way to create a destination together.
photo by James Peacemaker, Jr. Barr shows off hand-painted floor cloths, which are now made out of linoleum.
“You can never have too many antique shops in one place,” she said.
She said improvements in the area are happening despite the sluggish economy.
“The momentum has just picked up and the recession has just not slowed us down,” she said.
photo by James Peacemaker, Jr. A customer enters the shop.
The shop is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 804-722-0905.
photo by James Peacemaker, Jr. A cookie mold hangs on the wall.
photo by James Peacemaker, Jr. The store features some items with local interest, such as this old pamphlet on Southern College in Petersburg.