LONG BEACH — For more than 15 years Erin Hill helped manage her family antique store. In late May, she officially opened Red Line Antiques with co-owner Raymond Wolken.
The business features fine art, antiques and artifacts from around the region.
“We decided to open an antique store and it got a little toward the art gallery side of things,” Hill said. “Most of the art is local — Elton Bennett, Charles Mulvey and Marie Powell.”
Along with prominent local artists, the store showcases fine glassware, Native American artifacts and diamond, gold and silver estate jewelry.
Opening the antique store came at an ideal time for Hill and Wolken.
“I was downsizing in my house and Erin has sold me a lot of art though the years, so we started with downsizing both of our places,” Wolken said. “Her jewelry, my artwork and a few antiques… She found the place and got us going.”
The space, formerly a Seahawks and apparel store, was remodeled with new lights and paint. Walls and T-shirt boards were removed and replaced with sleek glass cabinets and shelves.
Hill previously managed the Long Beach Peninsula Trading Post for her grandparents, Bob and Brenda Hill, for the past 15 years.
“I’m excited that it’s not a dusty old antique store,” Hill joked. “It’s fresh and new and there’s nothing else in town like this.”