All the blinds are off the windows at the White Castle building on Lyndale Avenue. Xcentric Goods has moved in, selling unusual antiques collected by several dealers who live blocks from the shop.
“Everybody has a little bit different collecting interest,” said co-owner David Omer.
There is a cup and saucer used at the coronation of Russian Tsar Alexander the III and Nicholas the II. There is a tiny pin depicting the freak show star “The Living Doll.” There is a working Crosley radio, a vintage hospital X-ray view screen, and a Tibetan Lama headdress. There is also White Castle memorabilia, including a candle designed to smell like a slider.
“The problem is we’re all kind of shopaholics,” said co-owner Blaine Bolden.
Indeed, co-owners Clark Miller and Sabra Waldfogel decided to sell antiques when their collection “threatened to take over the house.”
“We’re all supposed to be retired,” Miller said.
“I’ve been retired twice,” Bolden said.
Miller worked at U.S. Bank for 25 years; Omer worked in the design trade for 30 years; Bolden worked at a phone company and also worked for the ambassador of Russia, Bulgaria and Romania.
“So we have a nice collection of Russian and East European art,” Miller said.
Sabra is the sole partner not retired, she is a freelance writer and author of “Slave and Sister,” published last year. Additional contributions to the shop come from dealer Steve Schoneck and appraiser James Billings.
“We’re quite the hodge podge,” Bolden said.
Artwork covers the walls and the shop is lined with pottery, vintage furniture, dishware and jewelry. Staff also handle appraisals and estate sales.
Xcentric Goods outgrew a prior space it occupied for the past year-and-a-half at 707 W. 34th St.
The “White Castle #8” building is on the National Register of Historic Places, and it was originally constructed in 1936 to be portable. It moved from its original Stadium Village site to Central & 4th Street Southeast to the present-day location at 3252 Lyndale Ave. S.
The building was decommissioned as a restaurant in the mid-80s, and previously housed a contracting firm and accordion repair and jewelry business. Accordionist Randy McPeck continues doing business from his home in Golden Valley.
The store is open Thursday thru Sunday.