Weatherford Democrat

October 13, 2013

A 'cool' antique store


Weatherford Democrat

— By BRIAN SMITH



From air conditioning to antiques, Fred Myers can be described as an “Type A” person.

His effervescent personality comes especially through when he is talking about his new business, Fred’s Antiques, at 133 York Avenue in Weatherford.  Myers has also been in the air conditioning service business, owning CJ Services for more than 20 years.

Myers said he has been an antique collector for many years, following in his mother’s footsteps. He also had a booth of items he had collected at Miss B’s before deciding to branch out on his own. He took possession of his building on June 3 when he and his staff went to work, completely gutting the building.

They redid the electrical n the facility, installing new everything and trying to make the building brighter, which Myers is very proud of.

“I used to find that antique stores were very dimly lit and I wanted to make sure that we weren’t,” Myers, who owns the store with his wife Julie, said. “We also replaced the eight-foot drop ceilings, so it didn’t feel like such a cave in here.”

Myers also worked with car dealer Charlie Gilchrist to get the Fred’s letters above the store from his Ford dealership.

Much of the store is broken down by colors on the walls. Leslie Monzel, who Myers calls a “talented artist” and Lisa Tycoliz have what Myers calls the “Pinterest corner” with items and ideas that can be found on Pinterest. A custom jewelry area along with another antique area run by Charles Furr and Tracey Shumway round out the facility.

The store opened in time for the Parker County Peach Festival. He said sales have been good, which he knew they would be being on the southwest corner of York Avenue and Spring Street.

“We have a little of this and a little of that,” Myers said. “Once people find you and they know that you’ll treat them fair, they will find you and do business with you.”

He has different types of antiques in his section of the store, which is in the back of the facility. His favorite piece of the Archangel Michael reportedly came out of a cathedral, Myers said. The statue, reportedly made in the 1800s, is painted in 18-karat gold.

Myers admits to having antiques in every corner of his store and says everything is for sale. He said he has purchased items for sale but decided not to sell them.

There was this one piece that had a peculiar smell to it which i thought cleaning and painting would get rid of,” Myers said. “It didn’t, so I ended up just burning it.”

All of his antique clocks are first checked out by Clock Shop on nearby Dallas Avenue to ensure it’s a good piece, Myers said. He even says he has many of his antiques in his A/C service shop. He has acquired many of his pieces locally but says he has gone to Missouri to get a piece he really wanted.

He says many of his most popular items, like the Hoosier cabinet or a Tonka toy, bring back powerful, positive memories for someone.

Fred’s Antiques is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday and Monday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.