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Rover store open for business

Friday, November 11, 2011

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Jo Fisher, left, and Bonnie Williams opened the Rover Store on Nov. 4, featuring an assortment of antiques, flea market items and used furniture. The store is open each Friday and Saturday on Route M in Rover. Photo by Linda Greer
Ever since she began planning her retirement, Jo Fisher has pictured herself opening an antique store.

Now that she is semi-retired from running a dog kennel and day care, she has time to pursue her lifelong dream.

"I love auctions and always wanted to work with antiques," Fisher said Friday, Nov. 4, from her newly opened store in downtown Rover. "I just decided to do it."

Those who stopped in early Friday said they hope Fisher's store will become a social center for the once-thriving community.

The current inventory includes a pedal police car, vintage dolls, glassware, artwork and large furniture pieces.

The store building is, in itself, an antique. Fisher, who ran the store when it was a grocery in the mid-1990s, said the building is likely more than 100 years old.

Fisher, a Thayer native, moved to the community in 1977 when most farms in north central Oregon County were dairies.

"The dairy farmers used to come up here for coffee after milking in the morning," Fisher said.

Fisher said she decided only a few weeks ago to rent the building and put in her antiques, flea market and used furniture store. She first went to a few auctions to seed her inventory.

The store also rents booths, either by the room or half-room, and now has four vendors.

Bonnie Williams, a rural Rover resident since 1972, helps in the store, where she has for sale her handcrafted tote bags. She recalls when the building housed the post office and was the town's center of activity.

The store's opening doubled Rover's commercial district. Another business, the Rover Gun Club, opened in the tiny community a few years ago.

Fisher said she was pleased with the turnout the morning she opened, especially since it was a workday.

The Rover Store, on Route M, is open from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

"The coffee pot will always be on," Fisher said.



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