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March 8, 2010

Nostalgia remains

Bishops buy Antique Marketplace & Tea Room

A service call at the Antique Marketplace in December prompted a kidding conversation between Jimmy Bishop and Al Ely.

“He asked me if I wanted to buy it,” Bishop said. His first response was a firm no. Within a week, negotiations had begun and Feb. 21, the historic downtown building had a new set of owners.

Bishop, along with his wife, Donna, their son, Michael and his wife, Melissa, have found it to be a great venture and have many plans for the place.

“I may have started something,” Bishop said. “Donna and Melissa said they are really interested in the antiques. I found out my wife is really crazy about them.”

Walking into the building, the first thing many people might notice is the loud pounding overhead. It’s temporary though, but a necessity.

Bishop knew what he was getting into when he bought the old building — all 7,000 square feet. The roof was in extremely bad shape and at one point before Ely had purchased it in late 2008, there was talk it would need to be condemned. The Antique Marketplace & Tea Room is one of Duncan’s favorite attractions and one of Main Street’s largest buildings.

Bishop’s no stranger to renovating old buildings. In fact, one might say it’s a passion of his to restore them. He’s bought four such buildings in the downtown Main Street district and another three farther east. One of the properties is the old Henderson building, which is also undergoing renovation.

His first job on the Antique Marketplace has been repairing the roof.

“There were 13 layers of roof in some spots. The roof was in horrible shape. I’ve completed about half of it,” he said. The process involves completely stripping all the old roof and tar off to the deck. Already the roof is safer and stronger, he said.

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