CHESHIRE — Walking into Seems Like Yesterday, customers are transported into a land of bits and bobbles sure to pique their interest.
Shelves are lined with antiques, from books to toys, and the walls are decorated with a variety of vintage signs and advertisements.
Robert Leonard, owner of the new antique shop at 910 South Main Street, has been a collector throughout his life. He also has a special connection with Cheshire.
“Years ago, I used to have my shop, ‘Seems Like Yesterday,’ out of the old garage in the back behind Pop’s Pizza,” Leonard said. “I sold stuff out there for three years. I sold stuff like pinball machines, all kinds of good stuff that people didn’t want anymore.”
The garage shop behind the pizzeria eventually closed and Leonard shifted his business to an online platform.
“We really took off online,” he said.
Leonard’s mother, Edie, helped him come up with the name “Seems Like Yesterday,” and he’s kept it as a tribute to her.
“She used to help me out with everything, so we kept the name and it stuck,” Leonard said.
When Leonard learned the property at 910 South Main Street was up for sale, he knew it would be a perfect spot to revive his brick-and-mortar business.
Leonard’s shop, which opened June 10, is jam-packed with vintage and antique items.
“We are always rotating the collection,” he said.
Leonard also has a few larger, more elaborate furniture items in the back of his store.
“I do estate sales and liquidations. I help people out when they’re in a bind, and we get to find some really cool items,” he said.
His store also has hundreds of unique vintage items, including old comic books, an antique slot machine, and even an old map of Cheshire from the 1900s.