Visiting Hickory Creek Antiques is a chance to catch a glimpse of a bygone era, when shopping was less of a chore and more of an experience.

Located in the Ashland Town Center off England Street, Hickory Creek Antiques is a sprawling emporium of antiques, collectables, jewelry, ephemera, and everything in between.  Owners Roscoe and Jan Walker carefully curate everything sold in their store, comprised primarily of consignment items and 50 independent vendors from as far away as New Jersey who rent space on the sales floor. The Walkers’ standards set Hickory Creek apart from other antique dealers and consignment shops. “I’m a little strict about items sold in the store, because I want quality,” he says. “I like things that are unique, something totally different.”

By featuring consigners and independent vendors, Hickory Creek Antiques is able to offer not only a wide, but deep, selection of hard to find goods.  Longaberger baskets, classic records, coins, military memorabilia, furniture, antique bottles, seasonal décor, estate jewelry, and railroad items are just some of the ever-changing inventory. If someone happens to be looking for something they don’t have, there is a wish list at the counter.  If the item can’t be found locally or in one of Hickory Creek’s warehouses, Roscoe will check with other antique dealers.

Roscoe says that while his customers come from all over the state, many of his best customers are local residents. “I have a lot of regulars who live in the town of Ashland, and they’re my best advertisers.  They’ll tell somebody, and then they’ll tell somebody.”  That level of customer loyalty is probably due to more than just the items in the store.  In the back of the shop, you’ll find a ring of couches, magazines, and hot coffee.  “I want people to feel comfortable when they come in.  A lot of times its husbands or wives who don’t like to shop, so we’ve got coffee, cake, they can sit here and read a magazine while their spouse shops.”

If you’re fortunate enough to come in on a weekend, homemade desserts will be available courtesy of Jan.  This past Christmas shopping season, Roscoe and Jan not only invited Santa to visit the weekend after Train Day, but they also served up 4 turkeys, 5 hams, BBQ, and all the fixings.  “It’s how we thank our customers.” says Roscoe with pride.

Come see what Hickory Creek Antiques has to offer! You can find them at 427 England Street, less than a mile off I-95, in Downtown Ashland.  The store is open every day: 10am to 6pm Monday through Saturday, and 11am to 5pm on Sundays.  There is ample parking, and plenty of places to eat nearby (save room for one of Jan’s desserts though).

Be sure to catch their upcoming Spring Open House on April 13th, as well as their annual yard sale held the same weekend as Ashland Strawberry Faire.  For more information, see the website at www.HickoryCreekAntiques.com or call (804) 798-0202.

— Written by Ashland Main Street Association volunteer Eli Green