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Anthony Scornavacco is taking a bold step. He just opened a new antique store, one that is represented heavily by 17th through 19th century artifacts. So really, this is no ordinary antique store filled with what some consider old junk; this store is filled with beautiful porcelain, gorgeous chandeliers, and elegant tapestries.

Anthony Scornavacco is taking a bold step. He just opened a new antique store, one that is represented heavily by 17th through 19th century artifacts. So really, this is no ordinary antique store filled with what some consider old junk; this store is filled with beautiful porcelain, gorgeous chandeliers, and elegant tapestries.

The store recently opened in the Hamm Building in St. Paul, the former home of the beloved Nakashian-O’Neil antiques before it closed down last year. Choosing this spot was no coincidence; Scornavacco wants this familiar spot to be reidentified as his antique store. Scornavacco also runs the H&B gallery in Minneapolis; he has familiarity with the trade and operation of fine antiques.

Scornavacco has been collecting these fine artifacts for over five decades, reliving and restoring the past is something he is passionate about. The space he opened the St. Paul store in could have been commercialized, but he decided to restore the architecture of the space which involved removing the old carpet covering an original marble finish (why someone would cover marble with carpet is beyond me).

“It could have become a Kinko’s or something, and I didn’t want that to happen,” Scornavacco says.

This is no typical antique store, which you will notice the moment you walk in. The employees don’t simply work there, they are historians of the items they are selling. This is like a classy antique store, where nothing sold is junk, but rather almost priceless items looking for new caring owners.  

Posted on January 11 2013