When brothers, Mike and Dave Polston and their business partner Ron Cosson, reopened their Old Town
shop, Greenfield Collection Antiques
this month, there was no need to worry if they’d have enough customers to support the business. In fact, their primary reason for opening the store was because so many of their former customers asked them to.
“It was basically customers we spoke with in Old Town,” says Mike Polston. “They said they missed our store and wanted us back.”
Polston and his partners managed to find their new Old Town location and open in the 1,500 square foot space within about a month. The transition was fairly quick in part because they had no question about where they’d open the store.
“We wanted to stay in Old Town because we love Old Town,” Polston says. “It’s a great location and a great place. I believe it’s the center of art ad culture here in Lansing.”
Antiquing runs in the Polston family, as the Greenfield Collection was actually named after Mike and Dave’s father’s store in Greenfield, Tennessee. Family connections aren’t the only thing that attracts the partners to the industry, however. According to Polston, the environmental aspect of antiques really appeals to him.
“If you think about it, antiques are a kind of green movement,” he says. “It’s recycling old things to make them functional for people to use. It’s a cool thing.”
The Greenfield Collection is located at 117 East Grand River and currently employs the three part-owners.