Bowditch Antiques & Collectibles now open in Bakersville
BAKERSVILLE – Elected officials and community leaders gathered Saturday, Nov. 17, in downtown Bakersville to celebrate the official grand opening of the town’s newest business.
Bowditch Antiques and Collectibles, at 24 N. Mitchell Ave., offers items from the arts and crafts era of American history, including art pottery, art glass, metalwork and home furnishings. Named for the Bowditch Orchards, which thrived in Mitchell County from the 1930s to the 1990s, the shop offers antique items that tell a story of American craft from purely utilitarian pieces of the 19thcentury through the first half of the 20th century when they were also collected for their artistic value.
“We want to thank everyone for attending our grand opening of Bowditch Antiques and Collectibles,” said Sharon Rowland, who co-owns the business with her husband, Steve. “We are very excited to be a part of the Bakersville and Mitchell County business community. When we purchased the picture-framing business from Anita Connelly, we looked at several towns and counties to locate the business. Bakersville had a vibrant business climate, which swayed our decision to keep the business here.”
Sharon grew up on Mine Creek Road and after living in Raleigh and working for NC State University for 30 years was ready to come “home” to a slower pace of life. Steve grew up in Franklin and has always had a passion for arts and crafts. When he retired from a technology profession, he leaped at the opportunity to pursue both collecting and creating works.
The business will continue offering picture and memorabilia framing.