This Vintage Signs Store in Waynesville, North Carolina Is Worth Planning a Trip Around
When we saw Haywood County, North Carolina's local newspaper, The Mountaineer, cover the opening of The Station on Main in Waynesville, we were immediately intrigued. An entire store devoted to vintage signs collectibles? You don't have to tell us twice to hit the road. As we gleaned in writer Harrison Dykes' article on the shop, the eclectic store was born from owners Kelli and Ken Todtenhagen's collection of vintage signs outgrowing the couple's garage.
Ken Todtenhagen told Southern Living a bit more of their background, sharing, “We moved with our family to Waynesville a little over two years ago after visiting the area for more than 25 years. After first renovating a local bed and breakfast, we started selling some vintage signs mostly just by word of mouth. We received steady interest in the signs and were encouraged to open a store on Waynesville’s Main Street, which was a great fit for our products and customers." Waynesville's historic Main Street is also home to several art galleries, great restaurants, and hosts many a stellar block party throughout the year. "We look forward to continue expanding our offerings over the next year to include more farmhouse and general store types of products... After so many years as visitors, we are excited to now be local shop owners and part of Waynesville’s future," said Todtenhagen.
Ever the superb husband, Todtenhagen adds, “My wife Kelli is the brains and driving force in this business. Her eye for decorating and people skills is unmatched. I am a typical guy and the business did start by me selling a few gas signs, but she is the one who turned it into Waynesville’s ‘fun store.’ She is the heart of The Station and I am proud of her.”
A quick walk around The Station on Main's inviting space and you'll see a dizzying array of signs ranging from Route 66 logos to decades-old Pepsi-Cola signs, toy trains, model sailboats, license plates, a jukebox, wooden quote signs, and so much more. Antiques lovers may have a hard time peeling themselves out.
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We've absolutely fallen in love with this charming Main Street shop, and we can't wait to visit this picturesque Smoky Mountains town to check it out for ourselves. It's not too early to go holiday shopping for next year, right?