Gloria and Bo Beaven
Gloria and Bo have been dealing in antiques since 1994. But before that, they collected all sorts of "stuff" (and still do). Their home has been converted from one with very few antiques to one full of 18th and 19th century furniture and accessories (such as approximately 50 pieces of cobalt decorated stoneware, plenty of pewter, and a pretty good collection of Chagrin Falls items including sadirons and butter molds). Gloria has a collection of about 400 Royal Dalton Toby mugs and jugs. They do from 10 to 18 shows a year including Williamsburg, Virginia; Oglebay, Zoar, Western Reserve Academy, Madison-Bouckville, New York; Lancaster, Ohio; Lebanon, Ohio; Butler, Pennsylvania and several others.
Bo got his interest in antiques from his parents, who were avid collectors and dealers in the East. His father was originally a freelance cartoonist featured in Saturday Evening Post, Colliers, New Yorker, Esquire, and many others in the 1930s through the 1950s. Sometime in the mid 50's, they realized they were 90% antiques and 10% cartoons. Some of it rubbed off on Bo. As a teen, he collected stamps, coins, guns, bridle buttons (he had horses) and arrowheads. When he showed some interest, his father taught him about furniture and the craftsmen who made it.
They are members of the American Furniture Collectors Club, a subsidiary of the Western Reserve Historical Society, where they have been on the Steering Committee and had opportunities to learn from excellent speakers from Winterthur, Williamsburg, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Deerfield, and many others. Gloria is a member and past president of the Know Your Antiques Club of Chagrin Falls, which also features speakers on a variety of subjects.
Gloria purchased her first "antique" at the Medina Flea Market. It was a cast iron foundry ladle (for $10) and she hasn't stopped since.
Bo has been a member of the Chagrin Valley Rotary Club since 1964. He is a past president Paul Harris Award recipient. He is also past president of the Chagrin Falls Booster Club.