What's old is new again. Antiques used to be a mainstay in downtown Mount Dora. Over the years, the number of antique stores diminished and other quaint shops moved in.
A new antique store, A. Adams Antique and Fine Art, is opening in October in one of the most recognizable buildings downtown. Owned by local resident Abigail Adams-Cheatham, the shop will primarily feature a large inventory of high-end French period antique furniture, plus a few Italian, Asian and mid-century pieces. Adams-Cheatham's passion for French antiques and art stems from her exposure to them while growing up.
The walls will feature the original work of contemporary artist Ivaldo Robles of Orlando. To assist buyers, the space will feature a special viewing room for his paintings, so those interested can take a closer look at the artwork.
Adams-Cheatham moved from Windermere to Mount Dora in 2009 after visiting the city frequently during festivals. After four years renting a space at Renningers Antique Center, she decided to re-open in a downtown building she always loved. The blue and yellow building was formerly the home to The Painter's Daughter boutique.
In addition to Adams-Cheatham, her son, Russ and Robles will be assisting customers at the store at 331 N Donnelly Street.