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Issue Date: October 2008

The Best of Cleveland - Antique Shop

“Eclectic” is antique enthusiastMitchell Sotka’s buzzword, and he’s got a melting pot of a store to prove it. The Rocky River gallery, which bears the same name as its owner, is packed with items from around the globe, including a gilded 19th-century Chinese table screen and a German hand-carved mantel clock. The store also attests to Sotka’s panache for blending antiques with modern décor. In search of a piece you won’t find at the neighbor’s? Sotka will cover a vintage sofa frame with new fabric to fashion a one-of-a-kind piece. There’s an interior designer on staff and free seminars throughout the year to help customers conquer decorating roadblocks. “This is not your typical antique store that’s stiff and dusty,” Sotka says. “We want to inspire people to try something unexpected and mix it up.” 19071 Old Detroit Road, Rocky River; (440) 333-1735;

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