A storied Lebanon business has closed its doors.
Cuz's Antique Center is a fixture on the Lebanon Town Square for decades. Anyone who has gone to the square for events is familiar with the store on the corner with interesting items spilling out the door, luring customers to take a peek inside.
Linda Buster and her late husband, Frank, created the store known for unique and antique items that range from furniture to a giant stuffed bear. Frank died in 2007 and their son, Sterling Buster, has managed the business since.
Linda Buster said the business was a victim of the economic downturn.
"It's been in the works for a while," she said. "Our business has been going down because the economy has been so bad. It's costing more than we're selling."
The store appears to still be filled to the brim, but Buster said a lot of things have already been moved out.
"We're having an auction guy come in and auction a lot of it off," she said. "Sterling has an auction guy from Nashville and a friend from Indiana is coming on Sunday to take a load."
The huge building is next to the soon-to-be completed Arcade that will include shops and a restaurant. That renovation and the soon-to-be completed upgrades to the old Capitol Theatre make the Cuz's Antique space a prime piece of real estate on the Lebanon Town Square. A piece of real estate Buster owns.
"I'm going to rent it out, and we expect to get top dollar," she said. "It's an excellent space that has worked for us for a long time."
Buster said someone from Nashville, who was considering putting a restaurant in the building, nibbled at the opportunity.
"They said it was too big," she said.
Buster is sorry to see the end of an era on the square, but she said after so many years, it's time to move on. She said the planned renovations of the square also prompted her decision to close the store.
"I'm tired, and it's not like it used to be," she said. "When they tear the square up, we're not going to have any business anyway."
Buster said she won't be idle after the store closes.
"I've got a lot to do at home," she said. "I can stay busy."