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Antiques keep the past alive

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Since she was 12, Ferguson said, she has been collecting antiques. Over time, her house became cluttered with her collection and her daughters drew the line, saying she had to get rid of the overflow. Ferguson said she opened an antique booth, a second and a third.

Finally, in 1999, she and her two business partners, Melba Williamson and Ramona Caldwell, bought the Rialto, nearly an antique in its own right. The building was constructed in 1920 and served as a movie theater until 1974. It wasn’t until 1993 that it was lovingly remodeled and somewhat restored.

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