If you are a longtime customer of Stars Antiques, you will be familiar with the spaces of Otto-Messier. Greg Otto and his wife Doris Messier have been dealers at Stars since we opened our first store in 1990. Greg is the “little brother” of my partner Darwin. They loaded up their truck and trailer on the snowiest day in December to drive to do a show in Sun Valley. They have been selling at this show for many years, and I always like to talk to them when they arrive back here. They have great stories about the movie stars, celebrities, musicians, or political people who have come through the show.
During the years after Demi Moore divorced Bruce Willis and lived near Sun Valley, Doris said Demi used “retail therapy” and would spend thousands at each show. There have been sightings of Brooke Shields, Barbra Streisand, Arnold Schwarznegger and wife Maria Shriver, Tom Hanks and wife Rita, and many others. Doris said the nicest customer of all was Bruce Springsteen.
When Doris and Greg return from the show, they unload their vehicles in an extremely organized and efficient way. It takes them the good part of two days to put their spaces back together. When they are finished, it always looks absolutely terrific. I had to take a photo of the latest upholstered pieces in their booth.
Doris and Greg each have a wealth of talent (he is a master woodworker, an accredited repairer and she is an accomplished seamstress in addition to having carpentry skills). They are experts in the fields in which they buy and sell. However, hard work is a huge part of their success also.
Occasionally, this pair does design work for some very lucky people. I am one of them–they installed copper countertops in my little cottage. They have done custom bookshelves, copper counters, french doors, and other custom work for Darwin and Brent. Doris has fashioned exquisite bridal gowns for some of Portland’s finest.
We know that they enhance our Stars & Splendid store in the nicest way possible…
and I love the stories about the “stars”.