La Verne Magazine
Business Offers Generations of Antiques
photography by Matt Wright
In the mornings from Tuesday through Saturday, Betty Klousek arrives
at 9:30 to Generations Antiques for business. The store is located on the
west side of "D" street between Bonita Avenue and Third Street,
in a building constructed by Klousek's father-in-law in 1936.
Both young and old come in throughout the day to browse, buy or try on many
items in Generations Antique shop. La Verne residents, Tuesday Rose Thornton,
6, and her mother Jacklyn, frequently stop by Generations to do mother daughter
shopping. Generations is a favorite for the two because, "We really
like Betty. She is really nice to my daughter, and her store is always so
peaceful and sweet. She has fair prices and sells unusual things,"
said Jacklyn Thornton.
In her free time, Betty Klousek dusts, cleans and arranges the way her
antique displays look. When holidays approach, Klousek tries to arrange
the store's design to correspond with the theme of the holiday. Klousek
and her daughter Rebecca, who co-owns Generations, share duties that include
polishing silver, restoring old furniture and replacing missing beads and
gems. "The things are made so much better than anything we have nowadays.
And everything was made by hand with care. Things made of natural wood,
it's not glued together sawdust," Klousek says.