QUEENSBURY Bear Cupboard home furnishings store, for years a landmark business in Warrensburg, has reopened in Queensbury with an expanded inventory and new services.
Now situated at 730 Upper Glen St. across from New Way Lunch, the enterprise is owned and operated by Kelly Irish. The store, formerly concentrating on rustic Adirondack furnishings, was operated in Warrensburg from 1998 until the economy collapsed in 2007.
Irish reopened Bear Cupboard this April with expanded lines of furniture, lamps and accessories in a wide range of styles, including traditional country, Early American and contemporary in addition to the Adirondack motif, she said. Bear Cupboard offers a wide selection of sofas, chairs, coffee and end tables, as well as wall décor.
"We're getting quite a following now, and it's not just for the rustic theme," she said. "If a customer has something in mind that we don't have, I can locate what they desire and order it."
The store's inventory includes a lot of one-of-a-kind items crafted by local artisans, including birchbark home accessories by John Greco, downsized decorative wooden canoes by Keith Armstrong, rustic furniture by Earl Taylor, figurine lamps by Jack Bronat, and contemporary metal sculptures by MiChelle Vara.
Also featured at Bear Cupboard is jewelry by Erin McNally of Glens Falls, painted glassware by Tressa Corlew, photography by Don Polunci of Glens Falls, and paintings by Judith Aratoli.
"I'm doing my part to boost local talented artisans," Irish said."Also, I enjoy solving people's decorating dilemmas."
A new service Irish offers is re-upholstery of customers' existing furniture, with at least 600 fabrics to choose from. One of Irish's associates conducts the reupholstery work, picking up picks up furniture at customers' homes.
Irish's commitment to offering unique items made in New York extending to an innovative line of indoor-outdoor wood-frame chaise lounges and futons, with many patented features. These sturdy and stylish Nikita convertibles are transportable, and have intuitive self-balancing reclining backs, so lounges can be converted to plush beds. This ergonometric, sturdy furniture can be customized with various upholstery choices.
"I love to help people design and coordinate their home furnishings and plan their rooms," Irish said.