By Carla Howie
Mo’s Vintiques, located just down the road from Zionsville, is a unique shop housed in a converted 1920’s gas station. The name was coined from owner Kyle Maloney’s nickname, K-Mo. Maloney has had a love of antiques, especially anything race car related, since his grandfather used to take him to hobby shops as a young boy.
Maloney opened his store in October and has a vast collection of antique small race toys, Indy 500 memorabilia, mini bikes from the 1960’s, vintage signs and most anything that relates to historic transportation.
“After working for PraxAir for 17 years, I was laid off. I took this opportunity to do what I love. If you watch the TV program, “American Pickers,” I am one of them. I have gone to flea markets, swap meets and garage sales for years looking at and purchasing items that are noteworthy collectables and have historical value and appeal. Mo’s Vintiques is now my showcase to display these items and to offer them to those who share my passion for things that bring back happy personal memories and are just fun to have around,” Maloney said.
It has been an interesting transition.
“I now do what I love and am passionate about. It’s not about making large sums of money, it gets me through and allows me to meet interesting people who share their attraction in what I am offering. One of my customers is Rick Smith, a former basketball player who lives in Zionsville and comes in often, whom I probably would not have met personally otherwise.”
Family – wife, Amber and two dogs
Location – 319 W. Main St. Lebanon
Hours – Noon to 6 p.m. Thusdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.