The Vintage Station
The Vintage Station was an architectural salvage, antique and furniture dealer located in the former Bessemer Freight Depot at 2 18th Street North in Bessemer. It was owned by Brad Watkins, who also used the business as a ministry to unemployed men, teaching job skills while also providing Christian counseling. Vintage Station specialized in furniture and doors made from reclaimed wood and ironwork.
The business opened in 2014. The store building, along with its inventory and equipment, were destroyed in a March 27, 2017 fire. Watkins moved the furniture building operation to 1731 Carolina Avenue in order to fill outstanding orders, and reopened the retail store in late April. The business did not survive to the end of the year, though. Watkins was fatally struck by a stray bullet in Fairfield in January 2018.
- Posey, Melanie (March 28, 2017) "Fire destroys old train station turned furniture store." wbrc.com