"I looked at this building for a couple of years. I restored it -- it was a dump," she said.
The majority of the paintings for sale at Atelier Inge are by Klein.
"I paint at home at night. I bring it here and fix it if it doesn't look right," she said.
Ideas for paintings "just come to me; whatever mood I'm in."
For the antiques side of her business, Klein has many sources for antiques, including various "pickers" who stop in to try and sell what they've found. Items also come in from estate sales and auctions.
"I used to sell antiques from my house in Charleston," she said.
Her stock of antiques, jewelry, rugs and other items vary greatly in price, from $10 to $10,000.
"I have something to afford or not afford. What I sell, you don't need it -- you have to want it," she said.
Those browsing at Atelier Inge will find antique desks from the 1800s, quilts from the 1920s, antique lamps, urns and glassware. Jewelry, too, is in abundance in the shop.
Among the unusual antique furniture pieces is a "canterbury" made of rosewood. It dates to 1850 and was used to hold sheet music, Klein said.
A burl walnut "Wooton" desk from 1878 opens up to reveal numerous cubbyholes and drawers.
There are so many unusual items, that "if [shoppers] don't find it here, they don't want it," she said.
One of Klein's friends, Carma Peters, summed up her feelings about Atelier Inge in a letter.
"When you enter [Atelier Inge] you are immediately overwhelmed and amazed. There are paintings absolutely everywhere. She has some of the most beautiful antiques I have seen in the area. It isn't just a shopping trip when you go into Inge's shop -- it is an experience," Peters wrote.
Klein said she enjoys hosting friends in her shop.
"A lot of friends come in to sit and talk. People come here and eat lunch, too," Klein said.
And at the end of each day, Klein climbs into her beloved 1994 blue Corvette and heads home to Buffalo.
Atelier Inge is open most days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 304-542-1212.