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Antique shop to close its doors

February 19, 1998|By AMY WALLAUER

Antique shop to close its doors

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Timeless Treasures Antiques in the Olde Kilbourn Mill will close May 31 after less than three years of business in Martinsburg.

Robin Caton, owner of the wholesale and retail antique shop, confirmed the store will be closing in three months and said it was prompted by a lawsuit in which she's suing Philip Ison, her landlord and the president of Martinsburg Warehouse and Commercial Center, Inc.

She referred all other questions to her Martinsburg attorney, David Joel.

Joel did not return phone calls to his office Wednesday.

In a lawsuit filed in November in Berkeley County, Caton said she entered into a lease with Ison on July 1, 1995, to use part of the building at 616 W. John St. for her wholesale and retail antique business.

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Caton said she made extensive repairs to the building and spent money on advertising, only to have Ison open a similar business in the same building under the same name.

Both used Olde Kilbourn Mill in their business names.

In the lawsuit, Caton alleged this was unfair competition in use of a trade name, malicious interference and a violation of the West Virginia Unfair Trade Practices Act.

In his response, filed last month, Ison said Caton never had exclusive rights to the name Olde Kilbourn Mill. All businesses in that building used the name as a building designation, he said.

Caton would not say if she would relocate, and if so, where.

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