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November 9, 2017

Flatbeds and Tailfins opens on Remington’s Main Street

Photo/Cassandra Brown
The 1,800-square-foot store displays about 400 items for sale.
Flatbeds and Tailfins
• What: Antiques store selling automobilia, retro signs, collectibles, musical instruments and home décor.

• Where: 300 E. Main St., Remington.

• Owners: Carter and Jewell Longerbeam.

• Space: 1,800 square feet.

• Hours: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; closed Sunday and Monday.

• Phone: 540-422-2507

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For the last five years they have collected antiques with the dream of running a retail store.

Two weeks ago, Carter and Jewell Longerbeam’s dream came true when they opened Flatbeds and Tailfins in Remington.

Housed in the former farmers’ co-op warehouse on Main Street by the railroad tracks, the shop has more than 400 items for sale including furniture, typewriters, musical instruments and home décor.

“We liked larger items, and you can’t really go online and sell and ship them,” Mrs. Longerbeam said. “Personally, I like to walk in and see what I’m looking at versus guessing what it might be online.”

Mr. Longerbeam, who plays guitar and banjo, has experience renovating musical instruments. The store carries guitars, banjos, mandolins and other instruments.

“I love wood furniture. I like the rustic and antique side. (Carter) is the musical instrument person,” Mrs. Longerbeam said. “Our goal was if anyone walked into our shop, they would have a variety to chose from.”

The retired couple purchased the items from auctions, citizens and antique stores around the state.

Items range from $4 to a $600 antique Coca-Cola cooler. The store also sells snacks and sodas.

“We are looking at the late 1930s to the 1970s. But we do have items that are brand new,” Mrs. Longerbeam said. “We can capture the hardworking farmer feel to the retro diner side.”

They have about 200 more items in storage, including an antique gas pump.

“Every week we will have new pieces,” in the store Mrs. Longerbeam said.

The Longerbeams decided to start their business in Remington because of the proximity to their Midland home and the number of vehicles that travel Main Street.

“We have had the concept for awhile. We looked throughout the state of Virginia. We kept driving through various small towns outside of Charlottesville, Lynchburg,” Mrs. Longerbeam said.

“We had more of a connection here in Fauquier. We looked at places in Old Town Warrenton, but I didn’t think it was working for what we wanted to do,” she added.

Ultimately they liked the “community feel” of Remington. They plan to host small bluegrass concerts in the 1,800-square-foot space.

County Supervisor Chris Butler (Lee District) likes the store’s concept.

“Remington needs a couple more things that draw people to town,” Mr. Butler said.
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