New antique shop to host local artistry

Bradley Bachman shows off a cutting board made by a local artisan.

Bradley Bachman shows off a cutting board made by a local artisan.

Local antique shops have welcomed a newcomer to the block.

B-n-W Southern Comfort Antiques opened their doors to shoppers Saturday, March 12.

The newest antique shop, owned by three men, features a unique assortment of practical antiques ranging from $10 to $1500. Besides furniture, knick knacks and photos, the shop will feature the work of local artisans.

“We provide furniture that can be used every day,” Bradley Bachman said and admitted that he is still working on the style of the inventory that he will carry. “I want to carry things that people can use readily. I don’t want the shop to be where you just buy things for show. I think that is important because people are not buying furniture for show like they did back in the day.”

Bachman and Wade Van Doren have partnered with life-long resident Norman Thomas to bring the newest entrepreneurial venture to downtown Waynesboro. However, Southern Comfort is not in competition with surrounding shops. Bachman credited other area antique shop owners with supporting the men in pursuing the antique shop endeavor.

“I don’t see us as a competitor,” Bachman said. “I see us all working together to better the community. The more antique stores you have in town, the more business it will bring to town.”

This is Bachman’s first time running his own business. Inspired by the success of businesses run by relatives, he decided to give it a try. Bachman and Van Doren, originally from New Hampshire, named the shop, not after liquor, but after the hospitality they have experienced from Burke Countians. Bachman said he has received support and love from everyone he has met, adding that he has learned a lot about the Peach State by attending estate sales.

“It has been an amazing experience,” he said and credited Tony Leckey, owner of Boxwoods Antique Market, with great advice. “Janice of Junk in the Truck has been amazing.”

Van Doren is a silent partner, employed as a senior nuclear chemical technician at Plant Vogtle. However, local shoppers may find Thomas at the shop entertaining on a piano. The new shop is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday was the shop’s soft opening, however a grand opening is planned in a couple months. The first day of business was a success, Bachman said.

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