Phyllis Sommer of Pumpkin Patch Antiques in Searsport and Dennis Raleigh Antiques of Wiscassett, have joined forces in more ways than one.

Sommer, who has been in the antiques business for 43 years, has "gotten hitched" with Raleigh, a veteran antiquer of 54 years. In addition, the newly married couple is expanding the Searsport business.

Prior to relocating up the coast, Raleigh had an antiques shop in Wiscasset and had been in business there for the past 18 years.

Originally from Michigan, Raleigh calls his love of antiques an "addictive passion." Folk art, weathervanes, decoys and game boards are just some of the items you will find in Raleigh's studio, located in a new extension built onto Pumpkin Patch Antiques at 15 S. Main St.

Sommer is known for her 18th- and 19th-century furniture, paint-decorated items, silver jewelry and nautical pieces.

"We broke ground in January," Raleigh said, "and construction took about five months."

Sommer noted that they have a "devoted clientele which has developed over the years. Longtime customers said (the store) could be a destination."

Raleigh added, "The road outside is well-traveled … we're hoping for a few of them to stop in." 

There will be a grand opening for the combined businesses Saturday, June 30, at the expanded shop on Main Street (Route 1) in Searsport (opposite Inner Sense Screenprinting).