ROCKLAND, Maine ― Two and a half weeks. That’s all the time that Jeremiah Pasternak has to move 17,000 square feet worth of antiques, collectibles and other “stuff” he and his late father have acquired through their antiques business.
For the last 15 years, the goods behind Pasternak Antiques have been housed in what Pasternak’s father Jerry — who died in January — dubbed, “The Warehouse of Wonders,” located at the end of Main Street in Rockland.
Beginning in August, a new business will lease the space with the intention of opening a medical marijuana growing facility. The new business will also potentially include space for community events, according to Pasternak.
With a departure deadline looming, Pasternak has spent much of the past month and a half trying to sell or move the troves of items that fill his Warehouse of Wonders.
“It’s very daunting,” Pasternak said. “[The space] was packed to the gills.”
Jerry Pasternak started Pasternak Antiques decades before he found his Warehouse of Wonders in Rockland. Jeremiah Pasternak called his father a “born salesman” who had the antiques business ingrained in him.
The younger Pasternak will continue operating Pasternak Antiques via the business’ social media pages and a second storefront in New Hampshire.