In early February, Christopher’s Antiques, one of Nyack’s true landmark shops, will close; its owner, Howard Siegel, is retiring.

We are sorry to see him go, but wish him a happy retirement.

Christopher’s opened its doors in 1969 at 71 South Broadway. At the time, people were getting in line to tell the original owners, Joe Christopher and Howard Siegel, that they were crazy to open a new shop on that street—and particularly on that block.

But they did succeed. They succeed due to the fine quality and good price of the products they sold—and also the knowledgeable, courteous and friendly way they served their customers. Over the years, largely because of the presence of Christopher’s, that block prospered and became known as Nyack’s antique row.

Howie told us, “As the years passed, things changed at the shop; at first our furniture was turn-of-the-century then, as prices rose beyond the reach of our average customer, we changed and carried oak furniture from the 20s and, as time went on, English furniture from the 30s and good antique reproductions. We always tried to feature furniture that was both attractive and reasonably priced.”

Over their 44 years in Nyack, Christopher’s offered a creative selection of antiques, reproductions, collectibles and decorative accessories. Before wicker was in, they carried wicker. They had outdoor and garden furniture. It was one of the few places you could find a large standing mirror, an old-
fashioned Hoosier or a breakfront cabinet that could fit in a normal room.

Throughout the years, inside and out, the shop was always tastefully adorned, but as the Christmas season approached Christopher’s took on a festive look and scent, with green, red and gold decorations in every corner.

In our house we have (and cherish) an oak icebox from the 1920s, a carved sideboard we bought 25 years ago, two marble-topped night tables and an oak bedstead purchased

15 years ago and out back, some cozy wicker furniture we added last year.

In many, many homes across Rockland and the rest of the tri-state area, you will find furniture and accessories that came from Christopher’s. Nyack won’t be the same without it.

We and legions of others will miss the fun of shopping in Nyack’s true landmark.