Baltimore County

Reisterstown:Tina's Antique & Jewelry Shop marks 38th anniversary

Let's wish Tina's Antique & Jewelry Shop on Main Street a very happy 38th anniversary and congratulations on being the oldest shop still open and functioning in our town.

Much has been written on Tina's over the years, and a number of the articles done were by this paper. Times have changed and so has the shop's direction, in the effort to survive the economic downturn. There are presently several other vendors within her walls that offer gifts and clothing and home décor.


When Christine (Tina) Johansson opened her doors in 1974, she was " the only kid on the block that wasn't an antique shop," she says. By 1978, Tina says, there were 52 antique shops in our town, and she had already re-located from 239 Main Street (now long occupied by Derby Antiques) to her present location next door at 237 Main Street.

A local gal, Tina attended the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), but graduated from the University of Maryland, which afforded her a degree in teaching, which MICA did not offer. Her mother, Margarite Smorada Johansson, was herself a Baltimore County educator, and the very first of her immigrant family to graduate from high school. She went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in education from the University of Maryland, as well as a Masters in Remedial Reading and Special Education from Loyola.


Education and making a living were two key components and values taught in the Johansson household. Tina's father, Biger E. Johansson, was a union carpenter, a union welder, and a union iron worker. It was with his skills that the pre-Civil War building the shop presently occupies was brought up to a standard that belied the fact that it had once been the town's General Store. It was Biger who took Tina to her first auctions where she began purchasing the antique pieces in which she displayed her jewelry. And it was Biger who loaned his daughter the seed money needed to bring her dreams to fruition.

In the meantime, Tina was a substitute teacher for the Smithsonian Institute, and taught at the old Hannah More School. She also taught arts and crafts during the summer months to the children at Camp Milldale.

Today, Tina's business largely centers on the jewelry she offers to the long-standing clientele she has cultivated for 38 years. She leaves the running of her shop to her manager of 20 years, Lynn Herbert Waranch, during the week, while she manages her real estate. But you can find Tina there on the weekends.

Hannah More School welcomes the following individuals recently elected to their Board of Directors: Charles Billig, Chad Norfolk, and Tricia Bosley. They begin their terms this September.

The school also welcomes those recently elected to the Board of Trustees: Andrew Cook and Laurens "Mac" Maclure Jr. who have already begun serving their terms.

Mazel Tov to Tsipi Renbaum. She was the 2012 Golda Meir honoree from Israel Bonds.

Baltimore Hebrew Congregation will again usher in the High Holy Days with its alternative worship program held this year on Sunday, Sept. 16 at Oregon Ridge Park. The service is open to all, but registration is required for admission to the park.

Please visit theweb site:, or call 443-524-0284. Tickets will not be mailed. Your printed registration form is your confirmation. The park opens at 4:30 p.m., and the Peabody Ragtime Ensemble will be playing. Worship begins at 6 p.m. with prayers projected onto a screen.


Wishing all a year of good health, peace and prosperity in the coming year of 5773.

A very special birthday wish to: Bernie Bliden (90), Jack Cheslock (85), Joseph Freiman (90), Harry Gendason (96), Frances Michael (90) and Jerome Zimmerman (95).

Congratulations on your milestone wedding anniversary: Minna and Louis Katz (65), Carlyn and Bernard Levy (60), Basya and Nikolay Brisk (55), Betty and Stephen Cooper (50), Reba and Whitey Schwartz (70), Joyce and Dr. Gene Strull (60), Louise and Morty Macks (60), Frada and Ron Galler (50), Marlene and Ben Kuntz (60).

Mazel Tov on the Bar Mitzvah of: Aaron Adler, Noah Adler, Jake Karlin, Ryan Levin and Jeremy Green.

Mazel Tov on the Bat Mitzvah of: Rachel Lichter.

Best wishes for wedded bliss on the marriage of: Christine Romero to Benjamin Blank, Laura Caplan to Zachary Cohen, Regina Hamdy to Joshua Emmer, Mary Ponders to Steve Goren, Jena Schaier to Hal Schevitz,


Here's to stars in your eyes on the engagement of: Alison Hirsh to Jonathan Green, Shelley Gertner to Bobby Dolitsky and Rivki Lerner to Yaakov Lichter.

Welcome to our world: Avalyn Grace Maurer born to Lesley and Stephen:

My condolences on the passing of: Myra Anbinder, Francis X. Pugh, and Paul Dorf.

Look for my next column on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012.