Rochesterians: Carve out some time in your day to check out this new mid-century amazing shop in the South Wedge. It’s about time that you introduce yourself to Amanda and Ariane, new owners of Abode, located at the corner of South Ave. and Gregory Street. Its grand opening is today, today, today! Noon to 7pm, baby.
Oh sweet heavens, to have a new source for wonderful home decor and furniture finds. We’re really quite fortunate in the Rochester area to be able to experience a variety of second hand and salvage shops, but these girls are living the dream, and I can totally relate to them. They’ve designed their shop based on their own excellent tastes, positioning themselves as expert curators in the world of mid-century furnishings and modern home decorations.
I stopped by their private grand opening party earlier this week. All I bought at that time was a great vase, but I have my eye on a lot of great pieces including a giant teak wall unit ($499) to a new dining room table set ($350) and decor, decor, decor, like this clock ($can’t remember, but totally within reach.. <$50).
Actually, right now, I’m having a small freak-out that someone out there already scooped up the most adorable child-sized chrome chairs, a set of 2 that was priced at just $25/each. Must get back to the store today when they open at lunchtime. Maybe we’ll bump into each other?
Aside from wanting to buy up all of their inventory, I’m taking notes from Amanda and Ariane; they have the delightful ability/talent/skill to stage their space in a way that makes it look so natural, so easy, so desirable. And none of that staging is easy, that I know, their own homes must be beautiful.
One thing I really liked about this shop is that they don’t have everything on display; they tell me there’s plenty more in storage. The shop isn’t daunting in the sense that you won’t have to go digging through their products to find a diamond in the rough – that’s what’s always a little intimidating to me about scouring second hand shops. And everything is clearly priced, so never will you have to ask, or, like me, have to feel awkward asking about every single item. I’d always prefer to know the prices upfront than to anticipate a haggle for something that’s out of my price range anyways.
Speaking of price ranges, there is really something for everyone at Abode. I believe the most expensive item was just $500, and everything was really beautiful… nothing that needed a dramatic amount of refinishing.
If there’s something specific you’re looking for, ask, and if you don’t see something that catches your eye, know that when you stop by the next time there’s likely to be a great rotation in the products. Always love a shop that’s going to keep me on my toes. And it’s located in a great spot too, hopefully you won’t miss it next time you’re headed to happy hour at Lux or lunch at Beale Street.
To say that they’re going to be a main go-to for me is an understatement, and no, I’m not going getting any special promos by sharing this little song and dance, I really just want their business to kick butt.