Antique Gallery in Delano to open in former Delano Antique Mall

UPDATED — A new antique mall is opening in the former Delano Antique Mall, which closed late last year, at 1642 W. Douglas. That’s about six blocks west of Seneca.

“It’s going to be a little more upscale than before,” Lee Tippen says of the new Antique Gallery in Delano.

Tippen previously co-owned Paradise Antiques, which he says he closed when he sold the property.

At 13,000 square feet, the Delano space is three times the size Paradise was.

“We’ve totally rehabbed it,” Tippen says. “I think we’ve put about 55 gallons of paint inside.”

So far, he says he has about 60 percent of the space filled with new vendors.

Tippen says he’ll have guest dealers as well. The first is Kent Washburn, a past president of the National Depression Glass Association.

“I think it’s education for the customers,” Tippen says.

There also will be appraisal fairs and antique car shows. Tippen says the gallery will be part of Final Friday as well. It opens with the May 30 Final Friday.

Judy Kluge will manage the shop.

“She’s been an antiques dealer and in the business for probably 40 years, and we’re real excited to have her as gallery manager,” Tippen says.

He says there was no question that he would get back in the business.

“It’s in your blood,” Tippen says. “Can’t get out of it.”