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Rich Alan
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Ask Rich Alan how he became the owner of Vintage Appliances and Restoration, and he'll tell you that a friend talked him into it. That was 20 years ago. Today, he remanufactures and reconditions stoves, refrigerators and iceboxes that date from the turn of the 20th century to the late 1950s. Alan first forayed into appliance repair with modern machines, but from time to time, people would donate vintage pieces they wanted to get rid of. He took them, refurbished them and sold them at his shop. Eventually, he purchased 40 antique stoves from "an old guy on Benson Highway who had been doing it for years," created a website and began selling his appliances across the country. Hollywood also is a fan of Alan's work. His appliances have
appeared in Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, as well as the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past. Alan's pieces range from $2,200 to $30,000, yet, despite the price tag, he isn't short on customers. "There are a lot of people who love that nostalgic look," he says. "They're really functional pieces of art, and when people buy them, they're so excited about it."

— Kathy Ritchie

Vintage Appliances and Restoration is located at 3262 E. Columbia Street in Tucson. For more information, call 800-909-6849 or visit www.antiquevintageappliances.com/.

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