THERE ARE FAMILIAR things that Essex is known for.  There’s clamming and fishing, shipbuilding and design, there’s farming and crafts.  Of course, there are restaurants, especially seafood, and getting out on the water.

But one of the biggies?  Antiques.

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The team at Red Barn Architecture, from left, Timothy Allen, Alix Israel, Caitlin McShera, Ryan McShera, Victoria Flahive and Hunter Schutte.  (Photo: Rick Mansfield)

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Rob MacNeille and Michael Gray of Carpenter & MacNeille.  The company could choose to be headquartered in Boston.  Instead, it operated from a large renovated brick trolley barn Essex. (Courtesy photo)

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In Home Design Center, which moved to Essex last year.  From left, company founder Anna Hardy, kitchen designer Stephanie Brillant, and Catherine Fenn-Smith, art and client services specialist (Photo: Kirk Williamson)

Muzio Design Island

This antique walnut table from Muzio Designs in Essex was the centerpiece to a kitchen design for a client at In Home Design Center, also in Essex.  (Courtesy photo)

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Andrew Spindler opened his antique shop in 1998, freely mixing antiques from all eras as design objects.  (Courtesy photo)