‘A trip down memory lane'
Summit Station Antiques opens next to 61-year-old Summit Inn Restaurant
Travelers may rediscover a long lost memory as they travel down the top of the Cajon Pass on Historic Route 66 if they stop off the Oak Hills exit and visit Summit Station Antiques.
“It’s like a trip down memory lane,” office manager Linda Pierce said, with people saying, “Grandma had that.”
“I have more than just antiques,” owner Dianne Alvarez said. “I have collectibles, vintage, caveman items, not just for women. (We) try to bring in guy items all the time — even the younger generation, there’s something for them to pick.”
Alvarez pointed out an old movie theater seat with original metal arms and wood that’s been widened and replaced. She said she loves the piece and it wouldn’t be in the store if she had room for it at home.
First time visitor Hesperia resident Lee Chicaul said a few items caught his attention, like the small mine shaft outside with a plan to return for a Sky Chief sign and vintage kitchen utensils.
“Every time you walk in looking for something you’re bound to find something you can use or can’t live without,” said Chicaul, who frequents antique stores. “There’s something that you just have to have.”
And it’s something Summit Inn Restaurant and surrounding property owner C.A. Stevens, who wanted to put an antique store in that location years ago, has been waiting for.
“I’m very happy — it’s the best thing that’s happened in a long time here,” Stevens said.
With items from a variety of categories like retro, primitive, rustic, furniture, home décor, jewelry and yard art, like a handcrafted outhouse — one would be hard pressed to not see something that sparked an interest to touch, know and remember.
One walk through won’t reveal all the treasures to be seen, but a closure look will find the vintage lanterns hanging or the blue stained glass lamp. A look in the corner shows an old train warning light signal.
Stevens said the building was once a gas station, then Oak Hills Market run by his sister-in-law and finally his office and storage space.
The restaurant was built in 1952 and Stevens, 81, bought it in 1966 and will celebrate the anniversary day of his 47th year of ownership with a classic car show on Oct. 13, according to General Manager Michelle Fanck.
Stevens said travelers from all over the world have stopped off Route 66 to eat at his restaurant; recently he had customers from a location that surprised him — Mongolia. He also said his favorite movie star that’s visited is Clint Eastwood.
“I was excited to hear it was a historical site here,” said Alvarez. “Movie stars went to the restaurant there.”
Pierce said Summit Station Antiques came from discovering the history of the building being a gas and train station.
“I wanted to keep it historically connected to the name Summit and station,” Alvarez said, adding that she’s happy she didn’t stick with the name, “Dianne’s Antique Treasures.”
The shop opened in July with an estimated 1,500 people who have visited since, Alvarez said. The store was full of customers nonstop during their grand opening in September, according to Pierce.
Eight vendors and those selling on consignment give the store a combination of experienced and new dealers, according to Pierce.
“We have people that have never done it before and then very seasoned vendors that have done it — I think it’s a good mix,” she said.
“They know a lot about the items they’re selling, they’re very honest and prices are fair,” Fanck said. “Expect to be treated the way you want to be treated, expect to feel welcome to come in any time.”
Store hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Monday at 5990 Mariposa Road in Oak Hills. For more information, call 760-998-8363.