Friday, October 30

Store featuring refurbished furniture, local art opens in downtown Ottawa

Ottawa native Stacy Andreatta has spent much of her life bringing a new look to antique and vintage furnishings.

“I was taught to reupholster furniture in the early 90’s by Beth Stohr at Interiors Unlimited, here in Ottawa; it was my first real job,” Andreatta said.

Andreatta owned a T-Shirt Printing Shop in Utica for a number of years, and in the last four years has been back to upholstering furniture with her good friend, Leslie Stohr, at Time To Recover in Ottawa before deciding to start her own business again.

“I love to take an old piece of furniture that looks done for and give it a fresh, new look,” Andreatta said.

“The reason I decided to start this business was that I have been painting and reupholstering furniture pieces from home that I would find at garage sales and other places,” said Andreatta. “Then I would share them online, and the response was amazing, and that’s when my passion grew.”

On September 4, 2020, Vintage Made Modern – Home Grown Collective Arts Market opened at 226 West Main St. in Ottawa. The official grand opening has been postponed due to the pandemic; a date will be announced in the future.

“It is two businesses in one building,” Andreatta explained. “Vintage Made Modern Refurbished Furnishings is the business name, and Home Grown Collective Arts Market is the storefront.

“We have a little bit of everything, along with custom refurbished furniture using upholstery, sewing, paint and restyle.”

Andreatta’s store also boasts unique handcrafted gifts, all natural soaps and candles, glass jewelry and wood-crafts, succulents, air plants, and various paintings and styles from 17 local artisans.

“Just refurbishing and displaying the pieces of furniture would never have been enough to fill the store front,” said Andreatta. “So adding in other people’s artistic creations filled the store with items that blend nicely. We don’t rent space, but if we believe someone’s art will fit in, we will find a way to mingle it in.”

Things are frequently moved around, and there will always be something fresh and new for people to see every time someone stops in.

“We are here to help showcase originality at its finest,” Andreatta said.

Customers will find a homey feel with a beautiful mix of stunning refurbished furniture and creative handmade gifts all over the store.

The store is by appointment only Monday-Wednesday, with doors open Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.