After 34 years in business at their shop in Olmstedville, Bob and Floss Savarie are calling it quits with their business, Board n’ Batten Antiques.
The shop, which can be found behind the Savaries’ home on County Route 29, has been a terrific place to go for all manner of fine antiques, specializing in glass, buttons, furniture, tools, post cards and much more.
Since 1980, the shop has been open pretty much every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and only recently has this changed to, “almost every day.”
Bob and Floss, who have been happily married for no less than 62 years, have felt that now is the time to move on to other endeavors. Although they are not sure yet just what will happen, they do know that they will keep themselves busy.
Along with their Olmstedville shop, the Savaries’ have also had group shops in Fort Ann and Crown Point. Recently, they had two other shops operating at the same time at Glenwood Manor in Queensbury (until five years ago) and Pottersville (shop closed in 2010).
They’ve noticed an overall decrease in the number of area antique shops, which is unfortunate. They have played an important part in promoting antiques in the area; from 1981 to 2013 they put together a directory of antiques shops. Their daughter-in-law Mandy has been doing the cover design for the directory for many years. No one has yet stepped forward to take over the task of developing the directory, which had been widely distributed.
The Savaries’ have been an important part of the Olmstedville/Minerva community for many years, having built their home there in 1956. They raised six children, most of who now live in the area. Bob retired 32 years ago from Minerva Central School after 31 years as a teacher and assistant principal and was an active member of the Minerva Rescue Squad for 30 years. Floss is one of the few Notary Public’s in the area and has been acting in this capacity since the 1950’s. She has been very active in the St. Joseph’s Church choir over the years.
The two have also been in the insurance business, retiring recently. Antiques have certainly been a big part of their lives.
“At the shop we’ve had regular customers since the early 80’s – we’ve met so many nice people and have had had so many warm experiences,” said Bob.
Both Floss and Bob are consulted regularly by antiques dealers regarding glass and antique buttons (Floss), and old tools and furniture (Bob). Floss and Bob know what folks like.
“We’re pretty famous for our Tootsie Pops – we’ve always kept a supply of them for everyone who comes in”, Floss said. “We love the people who come in, finding out about folks and what they like. You really have to like people.”
“We used to keep a good collection of toys for the kids to play with while their parents were shopping,” said Bob. “No doubt about it, we’ve contributed a lot to sales tax over the years. It’s great talking to the second generation of customers when they come in.”
The Board ‘n’ Batten Antiques Shop will be closing in September. Although the shop is open most days, calling ahead would be an excellent idea at 251-2507.