Left: A variety of old dishes line one wall of Allegheny Antiques’ wall. (Photo/Kelsey Shea)
At first glance, 529 E. Ohio St. looks like a cluttered garage sale moved indoors, with old furniture leaning against the walls, a collection of tea cups in the corner and some old dolls precariously perched on a shelf.
But by August 25, it’ll be neat and organized for its grand opening as Allegheny Antiques – the first antique store on the Northside in over 20 years.
Bruce Klein, the owner of The Museum of Photo Antiquities and Bernie’s Photo Center, already owned the empty storefront on bustling East Ohio Street before and decided to put it to good use.
“Empty storefronts don’t do anybody and good. We need more businesses and good businesses,” he said, and also expressed hope that Allegheny Antiques would bring more traffic to East Ohio Street’s business district.
The 2,000-square-foot store will carry collectibles, furniture, art, toys, photography, house hold items and whatever else comes through the door.
Allegheny Antiques hopes to specialize in local historical pieces from the greater Pittsburgh area and old Allegheny City. Klein currently has Heinz Company memorabilia and photos taken by famous Pittsburgh photographer Teeny Harris. Klein also said he will have special displays for Civil War antiques and Native American antiques.
The pieces in the store come from several antique dealers, as well as individual pieces and entire estates he buys from local Pittsburghers.
Klein hopes that his collection of Victorian furniture will appeal to historic homeowners on the Mexican War Streets, and that other people moving into the neighborhood who need home furnishings and decorations.
The grand opening will be from 5-9 p.m. on August 25, where attendees can view the collection and enjoy free refreshments. Allegheny Antique’s store hours will be Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.