If antiques are your thing, whether you have expertise in the field or just like the looks and appreciate their beauty and value, then you must visit a new shop, Antiques on the Square, 101 N. Main Street, Independence.

If antiques are your thing, whether you have expertise in the field or just like the looks and appreciate their beauty and value, then you must visit a new shop, Antiques on the Square, 101 N. Main Street, Independence. 

Owners Mike and Carol Robison and John and Kathy Marek welcome you to the grand opening on Monday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The ribbon cutting will be at 4 p.m. and is sponsored by the Independence Chamber of Commerce. There will be refreshments and door prizes.  Regular store hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and closed on Sunday.

Mike tells the story that his parents, Imogene and Eldron Robison, were collectors of art and fine glass.

“My parents lived through the Depression, so when my mother was able to afford it, she purchased incredible pieces of glass and furniture,” Mike said. “After Carol and I were married, we often went to antique shows with my parents. At first, we were only going to be sociable, but soon we understood and appreciated the beauty and value of antiques.”

There is a sister connection here. Carol and Kathy are sisters and along with their husbands are working to bring unique, quality antiques to the Independence area. It’s a family affair.

Why the Square

The four owners are local Independence residents and graduates of Truman and Chrisman High Schools. They all loved the Square growing up.

So when they saw the for lease sign on the empty store, they knew it was a place for the antique store. John said they were excited to be part of the revitalization of the Square.

Mike has a real passion for toys, especially glass toys that held candy, as well as cars and airplanes with tin wheels.

“I was known as the candy man of toys,” said Mike. “But the important thing is the condition of the item, whether it is toys, jewelry, or furniture. We emphasize quality.”

Mike is a plumber by trade and also collected miniature bathroom fixtures made in cast iron. Expanding his knowledge, he began to collect odd pieces of furniture.

In the store is a petticoat dresser with five mirrors, which showed women in the 1800s whether or not their petticoats were showing. There is also a 1960s cabinet that opens into a table which seats 12. I found this piece to be fascinating; just think of all the space you could save in your home.

The barrel chairs and slag-glass lamp are worth considering buying.

In addition, there is also estate jewelry, advertising, old store displays, art deco, dishware, retro 50s, collectibles and much more.

Mike enjoys doing research on antiques and collectibles and is planning on doing appraisals.

Helping folks with estate sales is also being considered in future plans.

Historic building

The store is two levels; about 1,000 square feet on the first level and about 800 square feet on the lower level. The building has a long history and once housed the Harpies Club where local businessmen and Harry Truman played cards. It was also a bank, had a barbershop downstairs, a paint store, and more recently a fudge shop.

Their clientele will include visitors to the Square, dealers, collectors, interior decorators, and anyone who enjoys having treasures of the past in their home.

“We have useful and functional items that people will buy for their home,” said Kathy. “And it is a wonderful place to visit the past.”

Mike and Carol are retired, but are looking forward to the new business. John owns and operates Phoenix Specialties, which is a promotional advertising and graphic design company, and Kathy is in Human Resource Ministries at the Community of Christ World Headquarters in Independence. They are members of the Independence Chamber of Commerce, Square Association, and Mike and Carol were charter members of the former Kansas City Depression Glass Club and current members of the Howdy Doody Historical Society.

For further information stop by the shop, visit the web site www.antiquesonthesquareindepmo.com, or call 816-252-1555.