Taking something old and making it new again is practically genetic in the Labold family.

Danielle Labold of Bowling Green calls herself a “born treasure hunter” who enjoys refurbishing antique chairs and turning vintage suitcases into decorative dog beds.

Labold’s husband, Tim Labold, has a business restoring classic American cars. And their two sons, Hudson, 5, and Jackson, 2, love exploring junkyards.

Danielle Labold’s passion for thriftiness and crafts led her to open Labold and Sons Salvage, a local art gallery and vintage shop, about two weeks ago at 320 E. Main Ave.

Along with Papa Tops, a bar set to open in about three weeks at 332 E. Main Ave., Labold’s business is giving the 300 block of East Main Avenue a facelift.

“It’ll be a family place,” she said. Labold, who was a stay-at-home mom before opening her business, said she named her business after her two sons, who will sometimes be in the store with her.

“I’m just happy that I’m finally doing my dream,” she said.

After spending six weeks converting the office space into a multiroom store, it now features a room of vintage clothes, a work space for refurbishing furniture, the original paneled ceiling and a Patsy Cline-themed bathroom.

Labold hopes that her store emphasizes two main concepts - buying local and reusing resources.

“You don’t have to buy new,” she said. “I never buy new.”

The store will feature boutique and vintage clothing in the $5 to $10 range, vintage books and antiques.

One other family member, Labold’s sister Samantha Jaquay, has been an integral part in opening the store.

Jaquay recalls being a little girl and Labold taking her back-to-school shopping. Instead of going to the mall or department stores, the two went to Goodwill and thrift stores. At first Jaquay resisted, but now she loves vintage clothes and antiquing.

Jaquay repairs old quilts for the store, and soon her art will be featured in the gallery, along with Labold’s own art.

Although Labold has never taken art classes, she has successfully sold her art in Bowling Green galleries. Now it’s her turn to give other local artists the same chance.

Currently, Labold and Sons Salvage features eight local artists, including vintage car photographer David Trent of Murray, photographer Philip Demuth of Woodbury, hair bow maker Shirley Bailey of Russellville, metalworker Jeff Sledge of Smiths Grove, painter Micah James Rigdon of Bowling Green, oil painter Brendan Rigdon of Bowling Green and Jennings Creek Tin Shoppe products by Randy Hulsey of Bowling Green.

Most recently added to the artists in Labold’s shop are Connie Collingsworth and Jim Madison, the Bowling Green artists behind Print Mafia, which designs rock ’n’ roll inspired T-shirts and posters and has designed merchandise for bands including The White Stripes, KISS and Marilyn Manson in the past.

Unlike at other galleries, Labold prides herself on charging only 15 percent commission. Other galleries take anywhere from 35 to 50 percent, she said.

By keeping commission low, the artist can sell at a lower price, which Labold said she hopes leads to a high turnaround on art.

“I wanted everyone to have some local art that was in the $30 range,” she said. Labold plans to keep her own art in the $30 range, but other artists’ prices vary, with most being less than $100.

Labold said she does not have a website for the store and will not sell items online after a Victorian piece of furniture she once sold online was destroyed during shipping.

“I’d just rather keep it local,” she said.

In the next building over, Papa Tops, a locally owned bar, is growing closer to opening.

Bill Frank, one of the bar’s three owners, has been in the business for about 12 years since he started bartending in college.

Frank, along with Quinton Aicken and Randall Cummings, decided they wanted to open a place of their own when Utley’s closed in March.

“It beats looking for a job and working for someone else,” Frank said. “It just all kind of came together.”

Aicken agreed, saying he wanted to work for himself.

“I feel like we’re a good mesh of people and we know how the business operates,” he said.

During the weeknights, the bar’s six flat-screen TVs will show sports games, but on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, there will be a DJ and more of a dance club vibe.

“We just want to make it a very clean, fun place,” Aicken said.

Papa Tops will also feature a 40-foot-long bar, which Frank said is the longest bar he knows of in the area.

Despite licensing setbacks, Papa Tops is expected to open in about three weeks. Business hours will be from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.

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