Kernville Antiques & Gifts
Photo © Dan Mancini
Kernville Antiques & Gifts located in the center of Kernville and steps away from the Kern River offers antiques, collectables and three unique art galleries.
The building's exterior facade looks like an old time saloon or western hotel. Historically the building has housed local businesses such as a dress shop, a food mercantile that offered dry goods and clothing, and of course, Whiskey Flat Antiques, named for the town's not so illustrious beginnings. All of these new and old businesses have been family owned and operated by locals for over 50 years.
It has yet to be determined whether the building itself was one of the buildings moved from old Kernville (Whiskey Flats) which is now submerged under Lake Isabella. The building sits next to the site of what was once the old Kernville Post Office and Sporting Goods store, one of the transplanted log-built commercial buildings dating back to the late 1800s.
Established in 2003, Kernville Antiques & Gifts is a mall comprised of over 50 local vendors from antiques and collectables dealers to artists that include painters, photographers, ceramicist, glass artists, jewelry makers, a metal smith, and custom woodworker.
Dan Mancini's Fine Arts and Photography gallery has occupied a space in the mall since the store opened and features original works in oil and acrylics as well as photographs of the beautiful local geography. Dan's work brilliantly captures river, lake and mountains, including photographs and paintings of the Giant Sequoia groves located one hour north of Kernville.
The Stone's Throw Gallery is a diversified group of talented local artists. Many work with local materials such as wood reclaimed from historic sites such as Johnsondale Lumber Mill. Other Stone's Throw artists celebrate the geographic beauty of the area in their paintings and photographs. One artist, kin to a local Indian tribe, uses members as models for her paintings.
The Loo Gallery is made up of three local women whose friendships were founded in their mutual love of painting. Faces depicted in many of their portraits are of local personalities, past and present, who have become familiar celebrities of the area.
Overall, Kernville Antiques & Gifts represents a colorful group of local friends and neighbors, collectors and artists, who have come together to "show their wares" in the form of grandma's collections, grandpa's stuff and beautiful art. All of the items are for sale.
Seasons Open: Open all year Monday through Sunday (closed on Tuesdays) 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Due to the age of the building, it is not ADA accessible.
Kernvile Antiques & Gifts does not allow pets to enter the store.