After more than 30 years in business, Carriage House Antiques is closing its doors at the end of the month.
Lynne Haws, one of the partners in the business, said she’s moving to Scottsdale to be closer to family. She may still buy and sell antiques as an individual, but she won’t have a storefront.
Haws said she came to Flagstaff nearly 40 years ago from the Phoenix area to go to Northern Arizona University. She met her first husband here and settled in. She moved from being a dental hygienist to selling and buying antiques with a friend, Dee Wright, in the late 1980s. She’s always liked antiques and grew up in a home full of antiques and family heirlooms. The move gave her more flexibility in her work hours and let her be home with her family when needed.
Carriage House was one of the first antique malls in Flagstaff, she said. The two started with 18 sellers in a building that is also an antique. The Carriage House was built in 1909 and housed the horses and carriages for one of Flagstaff’s first families, the Pollocks. The Pollocks lived in a home on Leroux Street that is now known as the Inn at 410.
Before the property was known as the Inn at 410, it was a fraternity house, and the Carriage House was known as the fraternity’s party barn, Haws said. Both the home and carriage house fell into disrepair in the 1970s and were rescued by Tempe architect Michael Goodwin. Goodwin had his office in the old carriage house behind the home when Haws and Wright came seeking space to open their antique shop. Goodwin agreed and the shop opened with 18 sellers in 1987.
Haws said that the shop continued to expand until Goodwin found himself squeezed into a much smaller office in the back of the building, where the kitchen for Brix currently is. Haws and Wright eventually purchased the Carriage House building in the mid-1990s and added a restaurant to the building. That restaurant eventually became Brix.
Wright retired about seven years ago, Haws said, and she took on a new partner, Bob White from Stuber Auction. He’s been buying and selling antiques for more than 20 years, she said.
“I’m just so grateful to my business partners over the years,” Haws said. “I couldn’t have done this without them. It’s been 31 years of fun and been very rewarding and satisfying to work with my customers. I’ll miss all of the lovely people and friends I’ve come to know."
Haws said she’s always shopping for antiques wherever she goes, but as the years have gone on, more and more of her inventory has walked in the door. The items come from families who are moving, older residents who are moving into smaller homes, estate sales, or families who have had a loved one pass away and don’t have room or don’t want to transport the items across country to their home.
One of the unique items Haws has sold was a Tiffany lamp that had 16 of the artist’s characteristic tulip-shaped shades on it. All of the shades were signed. She’s also had several Tiffany vases come through the shop, including one from Louis Comfort Tiffany’s personal collection.
The Carriage House will be open its regular hours until Dec. 31, she said. It will also be open from noon to 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Nearly everything in the shop is 20 to 50 percent off. The shop will be open for special sales off and on in January and February. Any remaining items will be sold at auction in March.