19th century treasures abound in Granby’s new Antiques & Art store
The details: Antiques & Art
Granby’s new Antiques & Art store is located at 120 East Agate Ave. in downtown Granby, next to Lion Head Coffee. The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Monday. The store is closed on Tuesday. You can reach the shop by calling 573-517-3617.
One of Hollywood’s classic tropes is the dark and quiet antique shop where an eccentric proprietor pedals rare curiosities like treasure maps and magical items.
Walking into Gordon Scott Bergman’s new Antiques & Art store in Granby evokes that same sense of discovery and adventure.
While there may not be any guides to finding El Dorado or any mogwais hiding behind the counter, patrons will find plenty of unique and remarkable items, many of which are one of a kind.
When Bergman, more commonly known as Scott to his friends and colleagues, began collecting art and antiques, he traveled widely throughout America’s Midwest and Old South, purchasing unique and rare curiosities that are hard to find anywhere. His modest collection of Reconstruction and Frontier era items includes paintings, historic photos, mid-ninetieth century furniture and more than a few oddities such as grizzly bear skulls, taxidermied rattle snakes and a rooster statue, one of only two, that according to Bergman was taken from the famed Texas brothel, the Chicken Ranch.
“I am trying to bring items to Grand County that can’t be found anywhere else,” Bergman said. “Some of my items are one of a kind. Most came from the Midwest. I have items in here that I have hauled 2,000 miles to get here. When folks walk in it is like walking into a museum as much as a store.”
Bergman has been buying and selling antiques and other items for the last 30 years, serving as a sort of informal broker for people looking for specialty pieces. He would bring specific items to individuals he knew were looking for pieces of a particular nature. Over time he decided to shift his efforts from his ad hoc manner to a sustained business with a display area for potential customers.
“I am always searching for that piece that could be the only one that exists,” he said.
Bergman, an eccentric character in his own right, moved to Grand County roughly 30 years ago. At the time he was living and working in St. Louis. One day, during an unbearably hot summer, “hotter than hell” as Bergman recalled, he walked into a travel agency and asked where he could go to find cooler weather. The travel agent suggested Winter Park. Bergman bought a one-way train ticket and arrived with $75 in his pocket. He’s called Grand County his home ever since.
Bergman will hold a grand opening event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday with refreshments provided.
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