PLAINVILLE - Animatronic gorillas waved to Plainville Chamber of Commerce officials as they entered Circa, Bob Korpita’s new antique shop, Wednesday to browse his eclectic collection, including vintage jewelry, furniture and much more.
Korpita opened the store at 161 Woodford Ave. as a “multi-dealer co-op” last Aug. 1. Dealers rent space at the shop and are then able to buy, trade and sell a wide array of merchandise. Items include everything from replicas of statues and paintings to stained glass windows and model racecars.
“This place is really interesting and impressive,” said Jeff DiCosimo, president of the Plainville Chamber of Commerce.
“It’s fantastic,” said Maureen Saverick, operations manager with the chamber. “I wish I kept a lot of the oldies from when I cleared out my parents’ house.”
Saverick then paused to examine a teapot.
“My mother used to have this teapot and there are a lot of thing that remind me of what my grandmother used to have,” she said.
Korpita said that Circa is the first business he has owned and that, so far, the town has been supportive.
“I have always been interested in antiques,” he said. “I 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.”
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.