creeksideby Jennie Acklin

A few months ago, while most of us were getting the last runs of the winter season in, Alice and Fred Perkins of Salamanca added another division to their already successful trucking business, A & F Trucking/Perkins Sand and Gravel.

They were interested in purchasing the gravel pits behind Green Gable Antiques, which also came with all of the on-site buildings — almost 40,000 square feet of space located in various buildings.

In March 2013, the couple closed on the property and renamed the antique business Creekside Emporium and Events Center.

The Corey Brown Auction center is still on-site and will continue to operate there.

The antique business is still there as well, and Alice and daughter Andrea are looking for more vendors to fill the building.

Treasures of all kinds can be found inside, from antiques and collectibles, to arts and craft period items, McCoy and Roseville pottery, Depression-era glass, Flow Blue china, primitives, artwork and railroad-related items, just to name a few.

Amanda said they named the business an emporium, because anything can be bought and sold here, not just antiques and vintage items.

Sherry Glenn is the manager of Creekside Emporium and loves to help customers find just the perfect item on their list. She knows better than anyone what is under the roof and just where in the building a certain treasure can be found.

On the property, there is also a 6,500-square-foot building the owners are currently renovating to be used as an events center to host conferences, weddings, company gatherings, and maybe even a comedy center. There are currently looking for someone who is interested in managing and promoting the center, including the kitchen and catering offerings. The renovations should be completed very soon and Alice wants everyone to know that reservations are being taken now.

A quaint and charming “barn” building is also available for rent, with over 4,000 square feet on two levels and plenty of storage space. Alice believes a retail-oriented business would be perfect for this space.

There is also plenty of office space available for rent on-site, which could be finished to suit.

With so much room and a great location between Ellicottville and Salamanca, the new owners are sure to attract a lot of businesses and customers.

Located at 4343 South Whalen Road in Great Valley (just off Route 219), Creekside Emporium and Events Center is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and Sunday, noon–5 p.m. Call Sherry or Alice for more information at (716) 945-1900.