The Gristmill Antique Shop located in Beach City holds many treasures just waiting to be discovered. There are many unique pieces such as refurbished furniture, Fenton and Imperial glassware, oil lamps, old milk bottles, tools, decorative figurines and so much more. The two – story antique shop, which was previously Bars Mill, has original mill equipment on display, such as an 1884 George T.Smith Co. Flour Bolt used to sift flour.
Restoring furniture and selling antiques has long been a passion for Tom Brothers, the owner of the Gristmill Antique Shop. Tom has said that he enjoys giving the antique pieces a second chance, which makes the story more interesting as he was given a second chance himself. An injury while working at Kidron Body Co. left him with limited use of his shoulder. Having extra time after being laid off gave Tom the opportunity to focus primarily on his restoration business. After 14 years of operating Brothers Furniture Restoration from his backyard, Tom was delighted to see the Gristmill building goes up for sale.
He and his wife Sheila purchased the building in 1999 with the intention of showcasing the restored furniture. The first improvement they made for the new location was constructing a building for the restoration projects. Then work began on the restoration if the mill with the help of JT Construction out of Dundee. This process began with raising the mill to put in a new foundation. They wanted to reuse as many pieces as possible such as using slate from the roof for the patio, left over tin was used on the porch ceiling, barn board was used as baseboard inside the store, and the large pieces of stone from the old foundation were used as part of the front porch and front landscaping.
The only new pieces on the building are foundation, the steel roofing and the cedar siding. It soon became clear to Brothers that using the building for a showroom just wasn’t enough to counteract the costs of the restoration process. Because Brothers had always wanted to expand, this was the perfect opportunity to do so and antiques seemed the most logical. The quaint shop features a variety of local vendors with items such as antique furniture/primitives, glass, tools, and many unique items. Plus there is a craft center full of candles, flags, greeting cards, barn stars, and unique gift ideas. The shop also has a great view of the railroad with the train passing through twice a day.
The “porch” is actually the old railroad dock where the workers loaded and unloaded the flour and wheat onto the train. The Gristmill Antique Shop has been in full operation since October 2004. If you would like to get a preview of the antique shop, you can check it out on the Internet at www.gristmillantiqueshop.com. The hours for the shop are, closed on Mondays, Tuesday –Saturday, 10am-5pm and Sunday, 10am – 3pm. The shop will be open until 5pm for the tour with popcorn and drinks provided for visitors. There will be a drawing at the Gristmill for prizes on the day of the farm tour.
516 REDWOOD ST., S.W.
BEACH CITY, OHIO 44608