Lynchburg store rooted in town’s history
By Sarah Allen
In the village of Lynchburg, housed in a building that has seen the turn of two centuries, is a shop where the past and present live comfortably together.
The Back in Time Stove Shop, according to store manager Brandy Williams, is “like a small, family business,” even if the people there are not actually related.
She said that, in addition to herself and owner Charlie Simpson, “We basically just have two employees” who service and install the stoves sold there.
The store specializes in free-standing wood, pellet and gas stoves. Inserts for those are also available, as are outdoor wood-burning units. The store also services the stoves.
The inspiration for the store came when Simpson, the owner, “found interest in this field, so he went with it,” Williams said.
The store’s ultimate goal, she said, is to provide cheaper and more efficient ways to heat homes.
“Today, energy is the problem,” Williams said. “So, we offer the solution.”
And, while the store aims to address a modern issue, its roots are set deep in the past. The store’s current location, Williams said, was built in 1848 and originally used as a distillery.
“This was like the main distillery in Ohio,” Williams said.
Later, the building became a feed mill for “years and years,” she said. After that, the location housed craft and antique stores until it finally became home to the Back in Time Stove Shop.
“It’s such a good place of history,” Williams said, adding that, for the store, remodeling it for its current use was a “fun time.”
Renovations include refurbished floors and islands added to display the stoves.
This year marks the store’s fifth in the building. The Back in Time Stove Shop has been in business for a total of nine years.
Williams said that, among other stove stores in Ohio, the Back in Time Stove Shop has been “number one in sales and service since 2010.”
“We like to specialize in customer relations,” she said. “We have a lot of customers who became friends.”
BACK IN TIME STOVE SHOP
Address: 401 N. Main St., Lynchburg, OH 45142