PLATTSBURGH—When Arthur Slate was 12 years old, he found a 1950s Pepsi bottle in the woods.
The discovery was far from being an earth-shattering archaeological triumph—it was during the 1970s that Slate happened upon it—but the find sparked in him a deep curiosity.
“You're finding history,” Slate said. “The fact that you can find something that someone threw away amazing.”
Since then he's also uncovered a 200-year-old button and parts of the Old Hotel Champlain Bottle dump.
“To find that stuff is just thrilling,” Slate said.
And now, decades later, he has worked his passion for unique treasures into a career as manager of the new Furniture and Décor shop in downtown Plattsburgh.
The store had its grand opening on Monday, April 1.
But not being officially open didn't stop visitors from stopping by as Slate prepared for the big day.
They poked their heads in the door, and many asked if they could look around.
“The amount of foot traffic we received before we even opened is encouraging,” Slate said.
For the curious, it's a dream come true—the new shop can house up to 30 vendors on its main floor, with room for at least 30 more in the basement.
“Imagine a 30-room house without walls,” Slate said.
The store will offer a month-to-month booth rental agreement, enabling vendors to be seen by a wide range of people, and allowing customers to peruse an eclectic range of goods.
At its simplest, the store is a delight for anyone looking to furnish or decorate their home with one-of-a-kind items.
Not everything in the store will be of the antique variety, though.
In fact, Furniture and Décor's owner Steve Brodi said there will be plenty of contemporary items, and that the primary goal is to offer a wide spectrum of affordable household wares, like mirrors, tables, chairs, coffee tables and lamps.
Brodi sees the addition of the store as a way to draw more people into an already thriving downtown.
“I think downtown is doing wonderful,” Brodi said. “There is a lot to see and a lot to do here. All it really needs is for more people to take the time to explore it.”
Interested vendors should contact the store at 324-4655.