By Alexis Greene
Entering Franklin Durable Goods, the antiques shop on Main Street, is a bit like walking into a sea of enticing objects, as waves of alluring – if sometimes odd – items wash over you, drawing you deeper into this unique emporium.
Here a metal statue of a tiger, there glass bottles from some long-ago pharmacy. Here a spear for snaring eels, there steel hooks to lift ton-bags of grain. All this and more, artfully displayed on a pool table or a staircase or even (upstairs) on a coffin, to catch your attention and make you want to touch, pick up or marvel.
The proprietor of this adventure in collecting is Neil Rochmis, who runs the business with Franklin’s village mayor, Tom Briggs. And it is Rochmis who can usually be found sitting behind a counter, Friday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., playing scrabble on his laptop, talking to his dog, Sidney, or explaining the provenance of an unusual item to a potential customer. Continue reading…