One of the treasures in Don Langvand’s Atlantis Antiques in Marysville is a very old painting of an emperor executed on parchment.
— Virginia Rasch photo
“It wasn’t supposed to be that way,” said Don Langvand, explaining how he ended up owning three antiques stores in the area.
Four years ago he opened Dragon Antiques in Cranbrook, but for five years Langvand had pursued space in the Cranbrook History Centre. Then he was driving by a storefront in Marysville and a “For Rent” sign caught his eye. Thus Atlantis Antiques was created last year and much of the shop is filled with antiques with an Asian persuasion. Surprisingly, the history centre deal came through and Phoenix Antiques joined the Cranbrook scene.
Langvand seems quite happy, though busy, and said that tourists are consistently his best customers.
Virginia is a writer and copy editor with Koocanusa Publications. She is an avid outdoor recreationist in all seasons and has lived in the Kootenays for 10 years. With degrees in the natural sciences, she has worked as a tour guide, an environmentalist, a writer, and a copy editor of scientific publications. Virginia now brings her passion for everything green to Kootenay Business.
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