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Spotlight on new business: What's old is new again with Prescott's 'Artiques'

The Daily Courier/Nathaniel Kastelic
Daiton and Jacquie Rutkowski, along with Liz and Richard Long, owners of Artiques on McCormick Street in Prescott, pose in front of their shop Monday afternoon.

The Daily Courier/Nathaniel Kastelic Daiton and Jacquie Rutkowski, along with Liz and Richard Long, owners of Artiques on McCormick Street in Prescott, pose in front of their shop Monday afternoon.

PRESCOTT - One couple used to own a popular bar. The other couple also came from a business background. Both couples have strong ties to the city's history.

Richard and Liz Long along with Jacquie and Daiton Rutkowski said their prior business experience and affinity for collecting things made opening a business an easy decision.

"We've both had successful businesses in town," Daiton said. "You end up needing a place to store stuff."

Jacquie said she and Daiton owned a number of antique shops on Cortez Street.

"When the opportunity came up to lease this, we called them (Richard and Liz) and we just thought a joint venture would be a nice thing to do," she said.

The two couples operate Artiques, a blend of art and antiques out of a roughly 1,500-square-foot, rustic former home on McCormick Street.

"My job is the fixer-upper," Daiton said. "Jacquie is the buyer on our side of it."

Both families have amassed a selection of thousands of items to choose from inside and outside the store, including salt and pepper shakers, furniture, tools, toys, old books, clocks, dinnerware and framed pictures.

"We lean toward anything that's odd, different," Richard said.

Jacquie said they buy, sell and consign items and they frequently offer specials at the store.

On a side note, Jacquie explained why Daiton left his radio show nearly a year ago. "He quit so we could travel and we traveled as far as McCormick Street," she said.

The store is at 111 N. McCormick St. and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

For more information, call 708-0219.

Contact the reporter at jsoifer@prescottaz.com

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