Rachel on the Road: The Vintage Station

BESSEMER, Ala. (WIAT) — The second oldest building in Bessemer is operating as The Vintage Station now. Hundreds of collectible vintage pieces and thousands of unique materials and handmade items fill the walls of what used to be a train station.

From the outside it looks like a vintage thrift store, but when you walk inside and specifically toward the back, you’ll find much more. Dozens of young men ranging from 16 year craftsmen to men who have never had a job before are tirelessly working to produce some of the finest pieces of work.

The owner of The Vintage Station, Brad Watkins, is passionate about wood work, but his first passion will always be his faith. He incorporates that into his business by mentoring young men who need are in need of a career — building a skill, a home, a savings… The team ends every day with a group prayer, and they all attend church together on Thursdays.

Watkins said, “If we can grow our faith, our business will follow.”

If you are looking for a piece of furniture – doors, tables, odds and ends – take a trip to The Vintage Station located at 2 18th St N, Bessemer, AL 35020. Hours of operation: closed Sunday through Tuesday. Wednesday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday/Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Don’t miss next week! Rachel is keeping it in the Christmas spirit with a trip to a special theater. That’s next Friday morning right here on CBS42, Rachel on the Road!

To submit an idea of where Rachel should road trip to next, e-mail her at Rachel.Lundberg@wiat.com.


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