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July 12, 2024

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Lotz House Opens Antique Shop

The retail store is located next door to the Lotz House on the lower level of 1117 Columbia Avenue.

Lotz House has expanded by opening the Lotz House Antiques & Museum Store, featuring the antiques and collectibles from the estate of the late Sue Armstrong Thompson, also known as the β€œOne Woman Road Show.”

The retail store opened Friday, March 3 and is located next door to the Lotz House on the lower level of 1117 Columbia Avenue, home to Williamson Herald and Southern Exposure.

“We’re excited to share Sue’s antique collection with others in Franklin who appreciate decorative arts as well as fun finds,” says Lotz House owner J.T. Thompson and son to Sue Thompson. “I’ve always called Sue an β€˜incurable collector’ because I witnessed repeatedly her love for the hunt since I was barely walking in Texas as a child. I was recently surprised to learn she had many hidden storage units throughout Williamson and Marshall Counties housing her abundant collection.”

The retail store will feature American Victorian antiques from the 1820’s to 1950’s as well as interesting one-of-a-kind items she discovered in her travels and while exploring the world. Wendell Garrett, the former editor at large at The Magazine Antiques, said about her collection. β€œIt’s by far the finest private collection of American Victorian Furniture in the Southeast.”

β€œWe’ve uncovered many furnishings and decorative art pieces, yet still have more to discover in various storage containers,” Thompson added. “It’s like Christmas morning every time I open a box or uncover a piece of furniture that has been sealed or covered for decades in many cases.”

Antique appraisals are also offered. For more information call 615-790-7190 or visit



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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.