Steve Shugard was once a 20th century kind of guy. For 10 years he sold Art Deco and '50s furniture and memorabilia in shops in Adams Morgan and Georgetown in Washington.
Then something strange happened. He found himself looking longingly at Empire furniture lusting after old, worn Oriental rugs, buying tapestries and collecting urns, searching out architectural salvage.
Then he made his final break with the present. He sold off nearly everything made before 1910 and moved to Baltimore. Now he and his partner and fiancee, Leslee Phillips, have opened Hollins Street Antiques right next to the Hollins Street Market.
"I guess you just go through cycles about what you really, really love," he says. "I never even considered buying an American Gothic Victorian chair. Now I'm dying for them," he says.
Right now the shop is just one room , but in this one room is packed a fascinating assortment of antique furniture, paintings and decorative arts, all selected with an eye for good design.
Hollins Street Antiques is located at 1100 Hollins St. at the corner of Arlington Street in SoWeBo. The hours are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. ("or 6 or 7 or 8 sometimes," Mr. Shugard says) and other times by chance or by appointment. The telephone number is (410) 625-6268.