By Ryan Cornell
Strasburg's antiquing market has a new visitor to the party.
Opened on June 1, Massanutten Street Gallery is the latest antique store to grace the town, but with two floors of furniture, pottery and art packed wall to wall, one would think it's been in business for years.
The shop shares the same sidewalk as the Emporium and joins a list of other spots in town that help earn its distinction as an antique capital. Bob White, owner of Massanutten Street Gallery, said he is confident his wide range in price and variety sets his store apart from the rest.
"It's kind of an everyday place for everyday people," he said. "It's got a mix of everything. A little bit of high-end, a little bit of low-end, modern, period pieces, antiques."
"You're starting an apartment or a home or whatever you do, you can easily find a lamp or a desk or something, or a piece of jewelry for your girlfriend," he said. "Or whatever it might be, a watch for yourself. There's a little bit of everything."
White, who grew up in Winchester and graduated from John Handley High School, has lived in the valley his entire life. He said he liked the peacefulness of Strasburg as well as the traffic that comes through.
"It is [an antiquing destination], but that was 10, 15, 20 years ago when Leo Bernstein was at the helm," he said. "It's picking back up. There's a lot of people who travel through here."
White also owns the Boscawen Gold & Silver Exchange in downtown Winchester, where he's bought and sold antiques, gold, silver, jewelry and coins since 1981. When he's busy working at the Massanutten Street Gallery five days a week, his 29-year-old son, Jamon, is running the Winchester shop.
Before entering the antiques and jewelry business, White owned a clothing store for 13 years. He said he had always liked collecting antiques and traveling to auctions and flea markets.
"I started collecting one thing and moved onto the next," he said. "And I pretty much collected a little bit of everything, antique cars, motorcycles, bunch of stuff."
Parts of his collection date back to Colonial times. He pointed out an English chair from 1667 and a sideboard from 1710. A map desk at the Strasburg gallery originates from around the 1840s, he said, and there's also an "Irish Flyer" wagon from about 1910.
"I've collected so much stuff that I could open another store with what I've got stashed," he said.
He said much of his collection could be traced back to shows in Chantilly and Kutztown, Pa., as well as auctions such as Headley's and flea markets such as Double Tollgate he's attended.
"You buy what you like," he said about his buying strategy. "And if it sells, that's fine. I have a pretty eclectic variety."
"Everyone who comes in, says they really like the place," he said. "'Cause there's a little bit of something for everybody."
- Where: 134 Massanutten St., Strasburg
- When: Wed., Thurs. and Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
- Call: 540-465-1798
Contact staff writer Ryan Cornell at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or email@example.com