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January 18, 2014

Auctioneer buys downtown Beverly buildings

Casa de Moda to remain, new retail business planned

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Kaminski opened his auction business in Beverly in 1996. He has a main office at 564 Cabot St. in North Beverly and an auction gallery at 117 Elliott St., as well as locations in Manhattan, Beverly Hills and San Diego.

Kaminski said he decided to buy the Casa de Moda buildings because he wants to become involved in the revitalization of the downtown.

“Main Streets wants to change the whole look of the downtown, and this gives me an opportunity to be a part of the change,” he said.

Beverly Main Streets Executive Director Gin Wallace said she is “thrilled” that Casa de Moda is staying in business. She said the store is an “anchor” of the downtown, thanks to the indispensable personalities and community involvement of the Prestons.

“They’ve not only been a business that everybody loves, but Jan and Don themselves are people you love to be around because of what they mean to the community,” Wallace said. “They call their customers by name, the people who work there know who you are. To me it’s always been more than a store.”

Wallace said the Prestons have found the “right partner” in Kaminski. She said his plans, whatever they might be, will align with Main Streets’ plan to launch a downtown arts district this year.

Kaminski said he will maintain the character of the buildings, which are more than 100 years old. He said there are plans to paint a mural on the back side of the building, adding to the mural that was painted on the Pond Street side last summer.

“They have a lot of charm, these buildings,” he said. “I’ll maintain the integrity of that.”

Kaminski said he will also continue to rent out the apartments on the upper floors of the buildings.

Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or pleighton@salemnews.com.

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