Collecting antiques has become somewhat of a hobby for Jesse Hernandez of Newton. Now the man is turning it into a business.
Collecting antiques has become somewhat of a hobby for Jesse Hernandez of Newton. Now the man is turning it into a business.Gathering the items is part of the fun for Hernandez. Finding the old and unique pieces is what makes it exciting.During the years, he has begun selling some of his excess items at garage sales and finally decided to open a store front.“Newton is becoming known for its antique stores,” he said. “Each of the stores carry a variety of different items.”Adding stores to the mix will help draw more people in and keep them in town longer, he said.While Hernandez owns the store at 106 W. Broadway, Maria “Irma” Ortiz will be managing the store.Along with all of the people looking for antiques out there, the store will also cater to a growing population of Hispanic residents in the area.Ortiz and Hernandez speak fluent Spanish.The items for sale in Off The Tracks Antiques and Furniture, aren’t just locally found items.Some items Hernandez has picked up while traveling around the country.Hernadnez has a motto that he sticks with — everything is for sale.Even the bike he rides to the shop from his home is no exception. “For the right price, I’ll sell any piece of furniture or antique customers want,” he said.Off The Tracks Antiques and Furniture is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.