If you wanted to open up a new shop that sells old treasures, you couldn’t find a better spot than Lansing’s Old Town. That’s what owners Ron Cosson, Dave Polston and Mike Polston discovered when they first opened up Greenfield Collection Antiques in Old Town. And that’s where they chose to remain when they needed to relocate to a larger space that could accommodate their growing, one-of-a-kind eclectic collection. Not only does the new location at 117 E. Grand River Ave. afford them ample display space, it also provides them with room for offices. Greenfield Collection was the first antique shop to open up in the area, and it was a perfect fit. “The old brick buildings provide a nice backdrop for our shop,” said Cosson. “Our shop appeals to people who come to Old Town,” Cosson said. Like Cosson, they come to experience the historical and artistic atmosphere. He does this as a hobby and has a full-time job as the administrator of a local hospital. “I do this because I like antiques and just being around them,” he said. “Old Town is the center of Lansing’s artistic culture,” Dave Polston agreed. The community values and supports the unique shops and businesses that line the streets. They’re happy to have Greenfield Collection there, too. When the shop closed at its former location, their “loyal following” kept urging them to come back. Whether they’re return customers or new ones, people who walk into Greenfield like its casual and inviting feel. And they like to linger and talk to the owners. While his brother Mike is the buyer, Dave likes the people side of the business, saying: “I like interacting with the customers and listening to their stories.” The story of Greenfield Collection is interesting, too. Polston’s father was born and raised in Greenfield, Tenn., and when he retired from working for General Motors — because antiquing had been a life-long hobby — he decided to open up an antique store in his home town. Although his sons didn’t pay too much attention to it when they were growing up, there was something about watching their dad run his business that became “infectious.” Antiques tell stories, too, and Mike has an eye for finding just the right item to sell in the shop. He scours estate sales and auctions throughout the Midwest to find that unique item that might attract the eye of just the right customer. Greenfield’s shoppers appreciate the artistry of the items, too. From sparkling glassware to wooden furniture, the shop is an antique lover’s dream. The partners are also proud that their business is “green.” Selling antiques is the ultimate act of going green because “we’re recycling old things and giving them new life,” said Dave. “The things we sell have been built to last. They’re high quality and sturdy and our customers know they’re going to last.” And the items are affordable. Many customers are young people looking for a unique item that they can buy that they know no one else owns. Since opening their first store in Old Town, the area has attracted two other antique stores and it’s become “a destination” for antique shoppers from all over the area, Cosson said. And although they’ve only been at their current location since mid-April, they hope they’re here to stay. “We want to be a mainstay in Old Town,” said Dave. And from the looks of loyal customers, they stand a great chance to be just that! Greenfield Collection is at 117 E. Grand River Ave. For more info call (517) 374-1040.
Ann Cool, MPS, is a freelance writer who lives in Mason with her husband Bob.