Antique Trail Offers Shoppers Many Options

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BENTON -- If you like antiques, you may want to plan a trip to Columbia County. A group of shop owners has partnered with the Columbia/Montour Visitors Bureau to form the Fishing Creek Antique Trail.

Shoppers checked out the hidden treasures inside Bakery Antiques on Main Street in Benton, but if they don't find what they are looking for, there are plenty more places for them to shop.

"Most of them are antique shops. There are other specialty shops. There are craft shops along the way. There are four wineries that are part of the project," Dave Stemrich said.

The trail of shops go from Bloomsburg to Benton.

The trail runs nearly 20 miles. There are almost 30 shops with possibly more to come.

"We wanted to provide, take advantage of the Route 487 corridor, the beautiful scenic drive," Stemrich said.

Dave Stemrich is one of the trail's organizers. He says the goal is to make Columbia County a shopping destination.

"We're just trying to create a safe, pretty shopping environment that will draw people in from the Lehigh Valley area, northern New Jersey, Philadelphia suburbs," Stemrich said.

Of course, the trail is not only for people traveling through the area.

"I love to go to antique shops," John Shuman said.

John Shuman of nearby South Centre Township enjoys the variety of antique shops in Columbia County.

"I think that people should get out and really see what's going on in the area and this presentation is very beneficial," Shuman said.

"I think it's a good thing for Pennsylvania and I think it's a good thing for this area, being able to go to different shops," Brenda Fertig said.

The Columbia/Montour Visitors Bureau will soon put up signs along Route 487 letting travelers know about the Fishing Creek Antique Trail.