Something about Blue Door Antiques makes a person feel at home. Maybe it is cozy feeling, as if stepping into your grandmother’s living room. Perhaps it’s the nostalgic squeak of the old wooden stairs leading to the top floor. Either way, Drew Beguhl’s not-so-little shop in one of Fairbanks’ oldest buildings has something to offer just about anyone.
Opened in 2015, Blue Door Antiques is the farthest north large antique shop in North America and operates as a de-facto antiques collective, with individual dealers renting booth space within the three-floor shop. That gives the store as much variety as possible, Beguhl notes.
“We’ve got anything from kitchenware to art to Alaskana, tools, clothing,” Beguhl said. “I mean really just a little of everything.”
The store boasts 20 dealers, which helps Beguhl keep her shop full to the brim.
“People put whatever they want in their booth, so that’s why we’re so unique,” Beguhl said. “All of my dealers have different sources. So we have all those sets of eyes looking for stuff.”
Personally, Beguhl said she has a weakness for the funky pieces from the 1960s and 1970s.
“I’m also drawn to the early teens and ’20s, the flapper era,” she said. “But really, I like it all. I think I’m just an old soul.”
The opening of an antique shop was long in the works for her.
“I’ve loved antiques ever since I was a little kid,” Beguhl said. “At 6, I would drag my mom to the antiques store. I would beg her to go. I also knew I would open an antiques store.”
Beguhl says her Alaskana arts and antiques are the most popular, especially during the summer tourism months.
But the regulars in town, she notes, like a little of everything.
“We have a lot of creative folks in town who like repurposing and restoring pieces,” she said. “Plus we hold occasional painting and craft classes.”
The shop also holds a monthly flea market outside during the summer months. Blue Door will also begin hosting monthly First Friday events starting in November, Beguhl said. These events will feature other Fairbanks artists whenever possible as well as featuring some of the items in the store.
On the newer side of things, Beguhl also stocks her shelves with local artisan crafts like locally handmade soaps, candles and knit items.
One can get pleasantly lost in the endless nooks and crannies on each of the floors of 1933-build house. The shop is a labyrinth of unique wares hailing anywhere from the 1800s to the stylish retro vibes of the ’60s and ’70s. My personal favorite was a World War II-era B-17 bomber jacket nestled among old suit pieces.
Contact staff writer Erin McGroarty at 459-7544. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMPolitics.