Five years ago, partners Matt Smith and Anthony Vesnaver, formerly of New York City took a chance on an old building on Route 9W. Fast forward to today, and that chance has paid off as the tandem prepares to expand via a new location on their original vision.
The Newburgh Vintage Emporium, the vision of Smith and Vesnaver, will be adding a second location. The new spot, the Newburgh Vintage Emporium Ware-House will be a 30,000 square foot warehouse located at 10 Route 17K, the former home of Warehouse Furniture.
“We saw this as the perfect opportunity,” Smith said when speaking of the overall launch and concept. “We aimed to bring a more modern approach to antiquing.”
The approach has worked. The pair have a waiting list of vendors looking to sell at their store. It was made clear that the business model at the current location is not a consignment model, but rather one where vendors rent space inside the store and sell their respective goods.
The new location, which they hope to have opened by October, will hold an estimated 80-vendors and will focus on goods from the 1970s and earlier. Some residents may recall the building as “Avalon Roller Drome,” or “Big Scott.”
While the new location will have some unique features compared to the established store on 9W, such as consignment services, the current offerings and selection of the original location offers a good feel for the selection and feel Smith and Vesnaver have cultivated.
“We want people to be able to buy and touch and interact with the products,” Smith said. “This isn’t a museum and we want people to be able to afford things.”
An early 19th century China Cabinet owned by vendors Karen & Dan Olson, and portraits of George and Martha Washington were two examples of the collection on display in the existing store.
Newburgh Vintage Emporium is currently searching for vendors for the new location. If you or someone you know is interested please visit newburghvintageemporium.com/sellwithus to learn more.