The go-to guy in vintage stoves
David Aikens has been taking apart stoves since he was a teenager, but his interest in vintage objects goes back to kindergarten. His mother loved poking through junk stores, and he loved going with her.
His parents bought a furniture store in 1960. Now Aikens runs the business, and he's best known as a go-to guy for vintage stoves, such as the Town and Country model pictured at top: 5 feet long, six burners, two ovens, a broiler -- and storage.
Photo: David Aikens opens one of the vintage stoves in his Inglewood shop. Note the blue model in the background; the shelf unfolds and lowers to cover the burners, essentially providing more counter space on demand.
Photo: Vintage grates, to be matched to the proper vintage stove.
Photo: Replacement stove tops aplenty, in storage at Aikens' store.
Photo credits for all: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times