Finally, a home furnishings and gift shop has opened on Main Street in Downtown Buffalo that resembles the type of shopping experience that people once took for granted. Entrepreneur and design guru Joe Incao (see more) has taken a bold business leap, leading the way for others to do the same. “The restaurants are opening on this block,” Joe told me. “Now it’s time to bring retailers in.”
The retail inventory at Furnishings is across the board. There are lush and lavish oversized pillows, eccentric gadgets and books, timeless retro-modern chairs, Buffalo-themed gifts (see street grid pillow), fashionable statements, lighting elements, recycled bags (made from rubber tubes and seatbelts), products with edgy statements, dog books and beds, decorative items, playful men’s ties, stylish home goods, cleverly built side tables, and even some humorous gags.
Joe has scoured the world for a sampling of products that speak of tales and times throughout the history of fabulous modern design. Whether it’s the colorful umbrellas (I couldn’t resist buying a couple), or the modern retro coffee mugs (bought a couple of those too), Joe’s delivery of zingy taste, infused into handsome contemporary crafts, is just what the doctor ordered (along with a stiff martini).
Let’s hope that Joe’s ability to lead by example, and his knack to cobble together a collection of spirit-lifting gifts and furnishings, inspires Buffalonians to not only shop, but spread the word that there’s a captivating new store on the 500 block of Main Street. I dig what Joe is doing, and will think of Furnishings whenever I’m in the market for something refined, fantastical and flecked with flair.