Owners Mitchell Granados and Emily Walczak sit in
one of the rooms displaying a collection of antiques
Tuesday Afternoon at Silver Springs Antiques in
Germantown. The store is scheduled to open Saturday.
John Ehlke/Daily News
that houses Silver Springs Antiques has its share of history — and
the inventory is quite historic, too.
The store offers
furniture, jewelry, glassware, vintage clothing, home furnishings,
linens, signs, lanterns and more. Co-owners Mitchell Granados and
Emily Walczak, both of Germantown, will host a grand opening
celebration with door prizes and refreshments at the Germantown
store at 10 a.m. Saturday.
their inventory is antique or vintage, they said. They are not —
Granados and Walczak are both 17 years old. They take online classes
and “we’re ambitious,” Walczak said as to why they can start a
business at such a young age.
interesting finds include a sofa with lion heads carved into the
arms. Granados said there are also two “stunning” candle holders
from the early 1900s from Wisconsin’s first funeral home.
“I like that
there is always something to learn about it — you can never know
enough,” Granados said. “There are so many items in the world — the
Auction & Estate Sales Owner Tarq Durante mentored the young couple.
industry has changed so much,” he said. “Now the word ‘antique’ is
loosely used — antique should be 100 years old.”
He said Granados
and Walczak know what to look for.
The couple ran
sales at one of his buildings and “if they had any questions they’d
come to me and pretty soon they started doing their own,” Durante
said. “The more young people in the business the better it is. I
look over my audience and they are all 60 or older.”
The two often
buy out homes that are downsizing. They take in items on
that houses Silver Springs Antiques has a unique past. It was once a
salon and, about 40 years ago, it was a police station, Walczak
said. “You go in the basement and it has jail cells.”
basement isn’t open to customers, the showroom is large and the
building was just what they were looking for.
“We had the idea
for a while,” Walczak said of starting the business. “It was a great
deal and perfect opportunity — we were looking for the perfect
venue.” So they “just signed the lease and it wasn’t planned.”
About a month
later the store is ready to go and there is room to expand if
needed. Granados and Walczak will be the only employees.
“They are two of
the most honest kids I know and they should do very well,” Durante
said. “They have a love and excitement of old things and they’ve
come a long way in a short time.”
The three are
still working together as “advice is free,” Durante joked. “The
harder I try to get out of this business and retire the harder it
gets,” he said. “Antique dealers never retire.”
The couple is
excited to begin their journey in the business.
“We have items
here that you will never find anywhere else, we have great prices
and new inventory so it’s a fresh store every time you come in,”
Granados said. Walczak seconds that.
“We try to
always have new inventory and when you walk to the store it will
never be the same,” she said.
Visit the store
at W161 N11629 Church St. in Germantown.
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