The first building on the antiques road was constructed in the 18th century and the first building to survive the ravages of the Great Fire of 1780, when the building that housed it was destroyed.
A second was constructed and later destroyed in the 1920s.
Today, more than 200 buildings have been built over the centuries from the 1820s through to the present.
The Antique Building Supply Co. in Texas, which opened in 1978, is one of the largest antiques wholesaler in the world.
The company specializes in antiques, furniture, and decorative goods, including a full line of antiques clocks and clocks.
When I visited, they had just finished building their second store in the town of Galveston, Texas, and had just received a shipment of antique clocks.
It took nearly five months for the clocks to arrive, but when they did, they were well received.
“They were absolutely beautiful and the staff were incredible,” said owner and president Tim Wills.
“We’ve been a small, family-run business for over a hundred years and we were just blown away.”
The Antiques Warehouse is located on a vacant lot in Galvestons northern suburbs, and it’s currently undergoing renovations to make it more appealing to a wider range of customers.
The store has been remodeled to include a large, state-of-the-art glass front door that doubles as an entrance.
Inside, the store is stocked with antiques from the first century, with an assortment of antique and modern clocks, including antique clocks made in France and the Netherlands, as well as clocks made by German and Russian makers.
Wills said he and his team have spent $500,000 on renovations, adding that he’s been fortunate enough to acquire and use the equipment needed for his store’s new purpose.
“The biggest challenge we’ve had to face is trying to get the right balance of quality and cost-effectiveness,” he said.
“There’s a lot of things that you need to do to keep up with the demand for the antique clock, but the biggest challenge is maintaining the integrity of the property.”
A typical vintage clock has a lifespan of 20 years.
A modern clock, on the other hand, can last up to 20,000 years.
Wiles said he’s already received many inquiries about the Antiques Clock Supply Company and he plans to add more stores over the next couple of years.
“I’ve had a lot more requests about the antiquities clock over the last year than I expected,” he added.
“It’s been a lot different than I anticipated.”