Winding Waters Antiques
Owned by Kenny Beck and George Cohen, this duo brings decades of experience and knowledge to their unique offerings. “We try to be a little more upscale,” explained Cohen, who also provides custom framing, art, and furniture restoration.
Cohen operated a frame shop in Miami prior to relocating to Lake Placid and admits restoration to be a nearly Lost art form itself. “There were only a few of us in Miami and there’s no one else in this area as far as I am aware.” Experienced in repairing tears in the canvas of oil paintings, he can also remove mildew from Lithographs.
Those with a keen eye will note Versace throws elegantly framed and displayed around the store. Cohen did the framing for Channels 7 and 10 in Miami and the duo worked with many of the local South Florida galleries. “Other clients have included Julio Iglesias and Gloria Estefan,” Cohen said.
‘We collect unusual, out-of-the-ordinary things,” explained Beck. When they retired to their Lake Placid weekend home, both men had so much art and collectibles in storage; they opted to open a store. “We’ve been open a year and while we dream of semi-retirement, we are often out on buying sprees or viewing estates.”
From their large collection of Haitian art, which Beck’s gallery was first in featuring in the Miami area, to 1890s Renaissance furniture, Winding Waters carries both fine art and the whimsical. “There is something for everyone,” Beck said. They sell items priced from five dollars to $5000.
The store entry boasts their man cave collection featuring antique and replica metal signs, gas pumps, lighting and even an original coffee table made from a truck tailgate. A large collection of die-cast cars, trucks, and airplanes from the 1980s are also available by the piece or as a collection.
There are Persian carpets, antique hutches, beautiful object d’art, and a Large collection of stained-glass lamps. Oriental jars and vases, grandfather clocks, silver plate and sterling pieces, an organ and baby grand piano. “We have everything and anything for those who appreciate beautiful things,” Beck said.
With so much to offer, from Gumps, Wedgewood pieces, and Hummel figurines to crystal decanters, vintage records and books, so be sure to ask if you don’t see what you are looking for. “Every piece has a story,” Cohen said.
The duo has 30 years of experience, they offer free verbal art appraisal and written appraisals for insurance purposes. Browsers are welcome, so stop by during the upcoming Caladium Festival.