Mark Ray is moving Dad’s Collectibles from Main Street in Hendersonville to the Historic Train Depot in Saluda. Dad’s specializes in railroad, aviation, and automobile models and memorabilia, so his idea was easy to sell. He is also a regional history buff, having been instrumental in restoring the old Coca-Cola mural ads and the McClintock clock on Main Street. He’s a member of the Hendersonville Historic Preservation Commission and an inaugural member of the Saluda Historic Depot board. He is also familiar with members of the North Carolina Transportation Museum, with whom he hopes to forge partnerships. Ray liked the idea of moving into the depot because he believes businesses need a special angle to justify the expense of retaining bricks-and-mortar customer interfaces in the internet age. It will also reduce overhead for the one-man operation, which will benefit from volunteer help on weekends. Ray decided to relocate the week after the Apple Festival and hosted a moving sale to help squeeze his inventory into the smaller premises. He says he is not a traitor, as one city councilor alleged, but instead is expanding his outreach for local history tourism. He is also moving more toward the center of his business base, as half of his customers already come from South Carolina.