Old courthouse now home of new Antique Gallery

<I>NANCY BUTTERFIELD photo</I><BR>Larry Hamilton, left, and Robert Henicksman, with their best friends Freckles and Sophie, have opened the Antique Gallery at the former Pacific County South District Court building in downtown Ilwaco.

ILWACO - Robert Henicksman and Larry Hamilton have filled the former Pacific County South District Court offices in downtown Ilwaco with a vast array of antiques since coming to the Long Beach Peninsula a year ago.

The Antique Gallery carries glassware, china, furniture, garden art, lamps, statuary, costume jewelry, original art and replicas of vintage produce box labels, among the thousands of items displayed in the new store. A consignment gallery is in the works where "gently used" home furnishings will be sold on consignment.

Eventually, the business will expand into the neighboring Department of Motor Vehicles office.

Henicksman and Hamilton came from Las Vegas where Henicksman was a CPA and Hamilton managed a service-oriented company at the Las Vegas Airport.

They go "on the road" about a dozen times a year to antique shows in Oregon and California.

"We saw an ad in an antique publication a year ago for a space in Ocean Shores," Henicksman said. "Then a friend said we should check out the Long Beach area. We came and we fell in love with the place."

He said they looked at a number of locations for their business "but we're happy with Ilwaco. This is where we want to be."

The Antique Gallery is located at 206 S. First St. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. For more information call the gallery at 642-5533.

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