By Allison Collins
AFTON – Husband-and-wife business owners Christopher and Amy Kehoe are looking forward to taking tri-town shoppers back in time, as they prep for the June 30 grand opening of their antique gift store, Hickory & Doc.
The shop, located at 169 Main St., carries primitive furniture, pewter figurines, vintage postcards, farmhouse décor, tools, kitchenwares, old-fashioned candies, jewelry, hand-crafted woodworks and much more, all carefully curated by the Kehoes. Additionally, the inventory at Hickory & Doc “changes often,” Amy said.
Hickory & Doc started with Chris taking a trip down memory lane, Amy said.
“Chris grew up on a farm that his family purchased in the early ‘40s,” she explained. “It had several barns filled with tools and farming equipment (and) finding these treasures again, which are also fond memories, has been a passion of his.”
Chris put his on-the-farm upbringing to work previously as a dairy farmer in Mannsville and he ran his own remodeling business for 25 years. Amy is a former art gallery manager and current elementary teacher at Afton Central School.
Both longtime antique enthusiasts, the Kehoes credit their parents’ mindset with bringing Hickory & Doc from dream to reality.
“(It was their) strong work ethic and passion for doing the right thing the right way, every day,” Amy said.
The Kehoes’ long-range plans include operating and growing Hickory & Doc, with a hope to someday relocate closer to the business.
“We live in Conklin,” Amy said, “but (we) would like to move to Afton and be more involved with the community.”
Chris and Amy have been married for 30 years and, when not collecting antiques, are kept busy raising their grandchildren Jaylee and Kaden, students at Afton Central.
For more information, find “Hickory and Doc” on Facebook or stop in Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Fridays until 7 p.m.