Article from The Scranton Times
Modern antiquing: Ros-Al partners set up antique shows close to home
JOSH MCAULIFFE / STAFF WRITER SCRANTON TIMES
Published: May 23, 2014
F or years, Paul Daugevelo and Christopher Glinton, owners of Ros-Al Floral & Antiques, traveled to antiques shows outside Northeast Pennsylvania to sell their wares.
Eventually, the innovative duo decided the time had come to put on their own shows, in their own backyard.
That decision proved to be a good one, and Mr. Daugevelo and Mr. Glinton are now three summers into their latest venture, with two upcoming events planned for June.
On Sunday, June 1, Ros-Al will host its first Arts & Antiques at Creekside Grove in Lenoxville from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will feature more than 100 antiques dealers and artists, plus appraisals, a wine tasting, beer tent, horse and carriage rides, massages and food concessions.
Then, on Saturday, June 28, the business will host its third annual Antiques in the Park festival at Memorial Park in downtown Carbondale beginning at 10 a.m. That event will include more than 40 dealers, a wine tasting, live music, horse and carriage rides, a chicken barbecue, historic trolley tours, an antique car show, library book and bake sale and a cookout at City Hall. The day’s events will conclude with fireworks at 9 p.m.
“They’re not just antiques shows. They’re full-scale events,” Mr. Daugevelo said.
Both shows come with charitable components. At the June 1 event, attendees are asked to bring pet food and supplies that will be donated to Griffin Pond Animal Shelter. The June 28 event will raise money for Carbondale’s Anthracite Historical Discovery Center.
The antiques shows have proven to be a natural extension of Ros-Al’s business model. For years, Mr. Glinton and Mr. Daugevelo have spent a good portion of their weekends working shows throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.
Mr. Glinton said he and Mr. Daugevelo were standing outside their Carbondale store one day three years ago when it occurred to them that the park would make a perfect setting for an antiques show.
Their intuition proved correct, as the first two Antiques in the Park events drew large crowds.
“It’s just gotten bigger and bigger,” Mr. Glinton said. “We had been wanting to do events like these for years. … It gives you an appreciation for both sides of the business.”
It’s yet another addition to an ever-evolving business model.
The Ros-Al name originates with Mr. Daugevelo’s late parents, Rose and Al Daugevelo, who for years ran Ros-Al Photo Studio in Carbondale. It was there that Mr. Daugevelo got his start in the floral and antiques business.
In 1981, he opened his own place in downtown Forest City. Mr. Glinton, a native of the Bahamas, joined the fray when he opened Ros-Al’s Hawley location in 1993.
Back then, Mr. Glinton said, the antiques industry still revolved heavily around items like cut glass and china. But as the market for those classic items began to age and die out, along came the next generation of antiques aficionados. They tend to be more into vintage Americana from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, be it toy robots, Coke machines or platform disco shoes.
“Now, it’s more the retro stuff,” Mr. Daugevelo said.
“They want weird, wacky stuff,” Mr. Glinton added. “It’s things from their childhood that they relate to.”
Mr. Glinton and Mr. Daugevelo give their clientele plenty of weird and wacky, judging by a recent visit to the Forest City Ros-Al. The space boasts a hodgepodge of eclectic — and eccentric — antiques, from Chinese New Year headdresses to a working Peter Pan phonograph from the early 1900s to religious icons and relics to taxidermied animals to Mr. Daugevelo’s whimsical artworks inspired by outsider and steampunk art. Adding to the liveliness are store pets Benny, an African grey parrot, and Sunny, a sun conure.
Mr. Glinton and Mr. Daugevelo also own the Acting Company Playhouse, directly across from Ros-Al on Main Street in Forest City. There, they get to indulge their love of performance, putting on musicals and murder-mystery dinner shows with other members of the community.
Who knows what’s next for them, but Mr. Glinton assured that they’re in the event-planning game to stay.
“I like doing things that are fun. I like having a good time with what I’m doing,” he said. “Our goal here is to make money, but to have fun doing it.”