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First-time visitors to Summit Lake Antiques are always surprised to find a three-building, fully stocked business in such a beautiful, woodsy area, way out in the country. They may expect to see a tiny, mom-and-pop shop when they turn off the freeway, but what they'll find instead is a full selection of oak, walnut and mahogany furniture choices, ornamented, as they would be at home, with a number of useful and decorative smalls. You'll also find a large selection of Lionel trains; that's a special interest for Bob Jasper, who co-owns Summit Lake Antiques with his wife, Barbara. Bob and Barbara don't have any trouble keeping their two showrooms filled. After 25 years in the business and with a sterling reputation, the shop gets "so many calls for so much furniture, there's just not room enough for all of it." The Jaspers like the bounty, especially since it gives them the opportunity to hand-pick every piece that comes into the store. They want nice quality items, dating from the Victorian period (of course, they always like to acquire an older piece) through the 1930s.
The better items among their finds fill one of the two showrooms. The second showroom is more a conglomerate of mixed items, not quite making the cut for the other space (and those Lionel trains take up half the building); still, you won't find 'garage sale'-type items anywhere. For one thing, the Jaspers don't themselves shop at estate and garage sales, or at auctions.
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created March 28, 2012
updated February 11, 2013