PLAINVILLE - Animatronic gorillas waved to chamber officials as they entered Circa, Bob Korpitaâ€™s new antique shop, Wednesday to browse his eclectic collection of vintage jewelry, furniture and more.
Korpita opened the store at 161 Woodford Ave. as a â€śmulti-dealer co-opâ€ť Aug. 1 of last year. Dealers rent space at the shop and are then able to buy, trade and sell a wide array of merchandise. Items included everything from replicas of Greeks statues and paintings to stained glass windows and model racecars.
â€śThis place is really interesting and impressive,â€ť said Jeff DiCosimo, president of the Plainville Chamber of Commerce.
â€śItâ€™s fantastic,â€ť said Maureen Saverick, operations manager with the chamber. â€śI wish I kept a lot of the oldies from when I cleared out my parentsâ€™ house.â€ť
Saverick then paused to examine a teapot.
â€śMy mother used to have this teapot and there are a lot of thing that remind me of what my grandmother used to have,â€ť she said.
Korpita said that Circa is the first business that he has owned and that so far the town has been supportive.
â€śI have always been interested in antiques,â€ť he said. â€śI used to collect baseball cards and I would always be going to flea markets to find cards. Then I started to pick up other things of value and it kind of exploded from there. Prior to coming here, I was a chef for most of my life and then when Foxwoods opened, I worked there for 10 years but I always kept a hand in the antiques world.â€ť
Korpita said that if business continues to go well he aims to expand his current location, possibly with an addition.
For more information on Circa, call 860-620-2690 or visit Facebook.com/circaantiquestore.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.