Painted Pony premieres in Burlington
"I was more interested in the building than opening an antique shop," Larry said.
The structure was built in the 1880s.
"It still has the original door, original windows, and most of the original glass," Larry said.
The new owners painted the inside and had it sided with cement board.
Larry said his interest in historic buildings comes partially from his main occupation, as co-owner of Hayes Bros., general contractors.
"We've done historic restoration," he said.
Larry and Missy said they own about a third of the merchandise in their shop, and other people's booths make up the rest.
"We carry high end antiques - not things you would find at a garage sale," Larry said.
Some of the other offerings are vintage toys, hats, and kitchen items.
"We are continually bringing in new items," Missy said.
Larry said Burlington has already proved to be a good place to locate.
"The community is great," he said. "People have stopped in, introduced themselves, and welcomed us here."
He added that being on a state road is a good place for an antique shop because there is lots of traffic.
Extra people were in town on Saturday for the Burlington Fall Festival, and they estimated that well over 200 people stopped in their store.
Visitors were greeted by the owners and a rocking horse out front. The rocking horse goes along with their business name.
"The name 'Painted Pony' comes from Larry's interest in Native American history," Missy said. "A painted pony is actually a spotted horse, such as the logo on our sign."
The couple is interested in researching the history of the building.
Bob Davis, longtime Burlington resident, can help with that. He said the building was built for the Knights of Pythias, a fraternal order that met upstairs.
The first business Davis can remember that occupied the downstairs was Beck's dry goods store, owned by brother and sister, Delbert and Audrey Beck. He said Chew's grocery, which was first located across the street from the K of P building, bought out the Becks and continued its grocery business there. Howard Kirkendall managed the grocery and later bought the building. He and his wife, Martha, operated the store for many years under the name Farm Boy.
Davis said after a few changes of hand the Freidline family bought the building and did extensive restoration work on it. They called their business Pigeon Roost Antiques, and it went by that name until Larry and Missy purchased the building this summer.
"This building has employed a lot of people," Larry said. "People stop in here every day and say they used to work here, or their father or uncle or grandfather used to work here."
Larry said they plan to add an outdoor café to the south of the store, and make living quarters upstairs.