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Christopher's Antiques to Shut Its Doors

Shop owner Howard Siegel to retire after 44 years.

Christopher's Antiques—the iconic South Broadway shop that paved the way for Nyack's Antiques Row, and in many ways the village's bohemian inclination—will be shutting its doors early this year.

The business has been a Nyack staple and go-to place for an assortment of relics for 44 years.

The owner, Howard Siegel, said his decision is personal, not financial.

"I'm just ready to retire—I'll be 64 in March," he said. "I'm thinking that it's time. I was 19 when we started."

"I want to be able to walk out, instead of be carried out," be japed.

Siegel recently sold the five-story building, and though he is unsure if the new owners will maintain an antique presence, Christopher's will not remain. Siegel worked with longtime partner and business colleague Joe Christopher in the late '60s and early '70s to grow the antique shop into something unique.

"We were very busy—Nyack was a real destination because of all the antique stores," Siegel told Patch in 2011, recalling the shop's blossoming popularity.

Siegel purchased the store from Christopher just over a decade ago, and maintained the shop's dedication to comely rarities and heirlooms. The hardwood interior is perennially stacked with burly wood furniture and ornate tea sets.

Christopher's selections are commensurate with any store in the Lower Hudson Valley—and beyond, into New York City.

Siegel said the last day will be the end of January, or shortly afterward.

"We may hang in another week," he said. Until then, everything in the store is 30-percent off.

Siegel said he plans to split his post-retirement time between Long Island and Florida, and will make room for travel, too.

nyackagain January 02, 2013 at 08:30 PM
Best of luck Howie...
Pam Hicks January 03, 2013 at 02:10 PM
Just a comment to the Patch editors - you need to proof your articles before they go to print!! This one is particularly bad. On another note, I have always loved Christopher's - a very classy business.
Rose Marie Raccioppi January 03, 2013 at 05:02 PM
Many an artifact collected from Christopher's over time Each has brought a delight to don this home mine And when I did seek a gift to give, it was ever a treasure To find one that was surely to be received with pleasure Wishing you the best in time present and yet to come Thank You for all you have brought, all you have done.

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