Small towns, like Lucerne Valley, can seem to move at their own pace — too slow for the younger generation, too fast for those entering their retirement years. Then there’s the working folk who want a slower pace.
Meet Patty Muldoon of Cadillac Antiques. She’s slowly moving up to the High Desert one weekend at a time. The new shop, open just a year ago come July, is a long-term investment for two couples. Patty and her husband, Ralph, are co-partner/owners with good friends Charlene and Dave Guertin.
“The High Desert offers so much of what we want: less noise, wide open spaces, blue skies, and at night you can see the stars,” says Patty.
When they made the choice to find the perfect place for an antiques shop in 2014, they all fell in love with the two-story Pueblo Building in Lucerne Valley. The building was once owned by Tom and Arla Daugherty and their daughter, Karen. Over the years, ill health took both Tom then Arla. Karen owned another business out-of-state so she began placing the large Pueblo-styled shop on the market.
The Muldoons and Guertins made the move and the commitment to see their business grow, while the Muldoons are gradually moving to the less stressful lifestyle of the desert.
“We made some remodeling changes that exposed the wood rafter ceilings, then we painted and changed a few more things. I was a bit nervous when the current owner came by to check on us,” said Patty. “But Karen was pleased with the facelift, too. And I think her mother would have loved it.”
Settling into the new community has been much easier than they thought. Patty reports that so many people like to just come in and browse, talk to us like we’ve been here a long time.”
With the ideas of expansion, Patty explained that they’d like to add a “Cruising Cars & Coffee” event maybe once a month, and eventually a café next door. “In a small town people need something to do,” said Patty.
It’s the antiques and collectibles that draw new customers. You can stroll through a selection of mid-century art and icons, repurposed car art what Dave and Ralph call their ‘car-lectibles”, dolls, jewelry, paintings, kitchen gadgets and cut glass — all lovingly displayed in curio cabinets, and bookcases. Some items are on consignment, or offered through quality vendors, but most items are managed by the owners.
This past Saturday Patty hosted a bloggers brunch and shopping event with members of www.HighDesertBlogging.com. She provided breakfast croissants, fruit, pastries, and coffee. Bloggers will be posting here about their experience visiting with Patty and shopping among the vintage and antique items.
“Maybe it’s the small town attitude, the easy pace, that let’s us know that Cadillac Antiques is home. So we’ve decided to purchase the building in July.”
Cadillac Antiques, in Lucerne Valley’s historic Pueblo Building, is at 32090 State Hwy 18. They can be reached at (760) 248-2829. The store is open Tuesday-Saturday 10 am-5 pm; Sunday 11am-5pm; and closed Mondays.