'Kaslo Front Street Antiques opened on Kaslo’s main street in summer 2019, and owners Cassandra and Neil Morrison are loving it. “A lot of things had to fall into place to make this dream happen,” said Cassandra. “We’re very grateful for the opportunity to keep our dream alive, and for being where we are in Kaslo on Front Street, surrounded by such a fantastic community.”
The couple met while they were both working in aviation a decade ago. Neil was in aircraft maintenance and Cassandra was in customer service. They have both been hobbyist antique collectors since they were children.
“Neil’s private collection was getting a bit out of hand,” Cassandra says. “I used to joke with him that he needed to open his own antique store, and that evolved a bit serendipitously into the shop we have today!” A few years ago, the pair followed some family friends to Kaslo and fell in love with the area almost immediately. “The rich history of the Kootenays inspires us and fuels our passion for antiques,” says Cassandra.
Most of the items in the store are from estate sales and auctions, as well as from private sellers and the Morrison’s own collection. “Neil goes out of his way to find unique items to strike every collector’s curiosity,” Cassandra says, “and we’ve been blessed to have over a dozen different consignors come to us – individual collectors from around the area that all specialize in their own thing. The wide variety of vintage, collectibles and antiques they bring to us regularly helps to make Front Street Antiques sparkle.” The store also carries a small selection of Canadian-made retail products from other Canadian and BC businesses that the couple loves and supports.
Cassandra says they’ve been “absolutely blown away” by the support from the community, especially this past year.
“The best part of the store is that it’s brought a great many people into our lives that feel like family to us now. A special thank you to all our consignors and regular customers in the area for their support throughout this past year. We appreciate all of you and the infinite amount of wisdom you share with us daily! We’re hopeful we can continue to bring Kaslovians and the Kootenays some simple nostalgia and joy into the 2021 season and beyond.”'
- From the Dec 17th 2020 issue of the Valley Voice, a local newspaper here in the Kootenays!