Della and Ray Bollinger have decided to put their business, Hubble Creek Antiques & More, up for sale. Photo by Elane Moonier
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Hubble Creek Antiques & More owners looking for buyer

by Elane Mooner ~ Features Editor

Seven years ago, Ray and Della Bollinger opened Hubble Creek Antiques & More on Highway 61 North.

“It started with a small house, lots of prayers and a few bays for sellers,” Della said, and now it has grown and expanded to include more than 20 sellers and a lot of improvements to the property.

But the Bollingers have some other things they would like to do in their lives right now, so they are putting the business up for sale. Ray said he would like to market it as a turnkey operation with all the inventory included.

The business is in a great location, Ray noted, with highway frontage and lots of parking spaces. He has recently completed an addition to the house which played a big role in the appearance of  the building.

Three separate vendors have their merchandise on display in the building, one of which is Della, who is a talented crafts person.

The more than 20 other vendors on the property have a huge variety of products ranging from furniture and antiques to glassware, signs, wood crafts, kitchen ware, cosmetics, clothing, patio furniture, holiday merchandise and much, much more.

One vendor has hundreds of bicycles, Ray noted, and most of them are ready to sell. There are also spaces available for advertising signs and spaces to rent out for yard sales.

The house has a workshop in the basement and a full upstairs with storage. “There is plenty of space for working and for painting,” Ray said.

Hubble Creek runs behind the property and provides a beautiful view in both summer and winter, he said. When the creek is low and the rocks are exposed, he has found many very unusual fossils cut into the rocks.

“If anyone is interested in seeing fossils, this is the perfect place to look,” he said.

He pointed out what appeared to be the fossil of a large crayfish (over two feet) on a slab of rock and other fossils easily visible of various fish skeletons.

Though the creek has risen at times of flooding, it has never been high enough to do any damage to the business, and the high waters have quickly subsided, he noted.

Another interesting find is a natural spring which is housed in a shed on the property. Ray said it always runs clean cool water year round, and there was once a well house built over it. He has piped the spring into the nearby creek.

Della has plans to begin teaching crafts for a company called Blue Skies and at the Missouri Veterans Home. She is excited about the opportunity since she has always been an avid crafts person. She is also giving craft lessons which will be available to the public, and she will be making multipurpose crafts, she said.

For example, a tall wooden fall decoration can be turned around to reveal a snowman for winter. She will teach the classes at her church and $10 of the $45 fee will be donated to the church. Anyone seeking information about the classes can contact Della at 243-3011.

Della and Ray also want more time to devote to a new grandbaby, Hannah Grace, and four other grandchildren they have.

“We would like to have a little more time to spend with them,” Della said.

Hubble Creek Antiques is officially on the market, and Ray and Della would be happy to talk with anyone interested in the business and property. They can be contacted at 573-513-5505 or 243-3011.
 
 

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