Press-Republican

April 14, 2013

Furniture and Decor now open in downtown Plattsurgh

DAN HEATH
Press-Republican

PLATTSBURGH — A new business in downtown Plattsburgh is one place to find affordable, one-of-a-kind home furnishings.

Furniture and Decor opened April 1 at 2 Margaret St. on the corner of Broad Street. General Manager Arthur Slate said business has been good in the early going.

“Our walk-by traffic has been good,” he said. “Weekends have been busier.”

Many people have stopped by to share stories of when the building housed a J.C. Penney store.

Slate said the focus is on good-quality, solid pieces of furniture.

“We get a lot of different tastes,” he said. “You get anything from modern contemporary to antique Victorian all housed in one building.”

Furniture and Decor is a “group” furniture shop, Slate said. A number of different vendors rent space by the month and set up displays of their wares within the store.

He said there is room for about 30 vendors on the main floor and spaces are available. There is room for about another 30 spaces on the lower level if needed, he said.

Furniture and Decor also accepts single items on consignment. Slate has received 30 to 35 pieces in the last couple days, and more are expected soon.

Midweek, one area had a variety of rockers, coffee tables and desks in contemporary styles. Nearby was a selection of antique furniture, lamps and accessories.

“They are really affordable for what they are,” Slate said, adding they would be great for someone looking to redecorate their home.

There was even a player piano on display. Several rugs are available.

Slate said he is keeping an eye out for chandeliers, as has had multiple requests for those.

In addition to furniture, there are smaller items such as plates and jewelry.

A plantation desk on display in the front window is one of his favorite pieces, Slate said. There is also a suit of armor in another front window display.

“It’s a great conversation piece,” he said.

Other interesting pieces include a collapsible dress form, rectangular stained-glass window and a large three-piece entertainment center.

The business and its sister company, the Antique and Variety Mall at 12 Margaret St., are both owned by Steve Brodi of Bridge Street Auction. Brodi said he’s a firm believer in downtown Plattsburgh.

“Downtown is a hub for stores and shops catering to one-of-a-kind items,” he said.

Brodi said Furniture and Decor provides a nice alternative to the Antique and Variety Mall, which has a focus on collectible, antique and flea market-type items.

The city is a great place to have a business, Brodi said, partly due to affordable electric rates.

He said some of his customers come to the area from out of town, spend two nights and attend both the Saturday on-site and Sunday in-house auctions. Those same shoppers visit a number of other businesses while in the area, Brodi said.

“They don’t favor the big-box stores. They love the hunt, the search for unique items,” Brodi said. “Downtown Plattsburgh is the place for that.”

Plattsburgh Mayor Donald Kasprzak said he is pleased to see the space once again occupied by a business as well as upstairs apartments.

“I am very pleased that downtown investment continues. The more confidence people have in Plattsburgh, the better it is for everybody,” he said. “As we move ahead, it’s a very positive step in the right direction.”

Furniture and Decor is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Cash, checks and major credit cards are accepted.

For more information, call 324-4655.

Email Dan Heathdheath@pressrepublican.com