Friends help Dusty Hutch become a reality

Adam Larck
An antique carousel horse sits looking out the window of The Dusty Hutch. The antique shop has eight different vendors inside.

For years, Shirley and Don Hutches wanted to open an antique shop.

However, it was not until Don had a stroke last August that the couple decided to take the next step.

“He’s doing very well, but we decided we’re not getting any younger,” Shirley said. “If you want to do it, you better do it now. This building was open and we bought it and we’ve worked on it since the first of November.”

Now, The Dusty Hutch, located at 214 E. Partridge St. in Metamora, is open for business.

Shirley, who has lived in Metamora with her husband and their children for about 45 years, said that it would not have been possible to open without her friends.

“My friends have helped me here night and day. I couldn’t have done it without them,” she said.

After Don’s stroke, he could not do a lot of the more labor-intensive tasks that friends stepped up and volunteered for.

“This all had carpeting on it and there was underlayment under the carpeting and it was nailed down,” Shirley said. “We could not get it up. My granddaughter said, ‘We could have our friends come in’ and I said, ‘Yeah, this ought to be good.’ They came in and in three hours’ time they had it all up, all cleaned up and taken outside. So, we bought pizza for them which was very cheap, let me tell you.”

The store, which opened Thursday, celebrated its grand opening on Saturday with coffee, punch and cookies for visitors.

“(Thursday) was our first day and we had over 200 people come through here,” Shirley said.

The store features eight different vendors with a variety of antiques.

“We have primitives, we have Victorian, we have the ‘50s … vintage I guess you would say,” she said.

For younger visitors, there is also a candy counter at the front with a variety of old-fashion candy.

Even after finishing the renovations, Shirley said her friends and the community have been “awesome.”

“(Thursday) for the opening, the florist down here brought some of the flowers in and then he said I have to go back and get some more,” she said. “Metamora is an awesome town.”