Bob Swisher: Take a drive to Saybrook, Monticello
Saybrook, population 725, is the home of an antique shop called Havenly Bliss, notice not heavenly. Haven like in home.
Paula Hany, a Webber Grade School alumna, owns it. That is where all four of my sons went to grade school in Urbana.
Hany purchased the property at auction prior to 2006, which is when she opened her store. It is right downtown at 214 W. Lincoln St. You can call the shop at 309-830-1972 or check it out on Facebook by searching for Havenly Bliss/Saybrook IL/Antiques & Gifts.
It is actually two buildings, side by side, that had been a furniture store. Hany uses the second floor for storage. You can tell she is a hands-on owner. She has only two dealers, so other than the consignments, everything else in the store is hers.
Her subtitle reads "Antiques, Gifts and Fine Merchandise for your Garden, Home Decor, Entertaining and Personal Pampering." The tin ceiling, which is original in one building, is in fantastic shape.
Next door is a two-story building that houses the corporate offices and manufacturing plant of Secure-Idle Inc., which is a three-person firm with an owner who is a collector. It is more like a museum than an office/plant.
Secure-Idle's product lets your car idle while locked and you have removed the key; check out more at http://www.secure-idle.com. On the second floor, you can see through large picture windows two model Fords, either T or A, I do not know which.
After visiting Saybrook on a nice recent day, we eventually moved on to Monticello, where we had lunch at the Brown Bag. Then we crossed the street to a new venture.
The term repurposing is used in that venture's advertising. The facility has nine vendors in the store, which is next door to Prairie Fire Glass. The store has multiple rooms, which are all well-decorated and colorful. The address is 215 W. Washington, and the phone is 819-7974.
We probably spent more time driving than we did shopping, but it was a beautiful day for both.
Bob Swisher has been a collector since he was a child. Questions or comments can be sent to Swisher by writing to The News-Gazette, P.O. Box 677, Champaign, IL 61824-677 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.