BANTAM — Robert Graham and co-founder of Housatonic Trading Co., artist Robert Deyber, hosted the first open house celebration for their re-imagined and remodeled original location of 931 Bantam Road on the top floor.
Robert Graham said, “We moved from this site originally to downsize our operation, but were just across the street in the Switch Factory. The limited space for photography and artists, plus parking for retail became an obstacle, and we realized customers wanted a brick and mortar store to view our antiques, fine art and furnishings. When the space became available, we decided to return and change our focus. The area in the back that was a coffee bar is now a workshop and storage area.”
Graham said they also are partnering with designer Rex Todd Rogers to offer live floral arrangements from local farms such as Anderson Acres Farm, a specialty cut flower farm in Kent, and from private gardens in Litchfield.
He noted that they always offer unique findings such as a $400,000 collection of fine jewelry from a significant local source. They are currently showcasing a well-curated collection of Victorian, mid-century and Art Deco costume jewelry and fashionwear. As he spoke, a customer tried on a large sparkling necklace and declared “I’m not taking this off.” She also chose a retro silver metal purse.
A crowd of incoming guests enjoyed the hors d’oeuvres and handmade cocktails as they wandered through the aisles. Graham hopes to have evening events, and at least one more open house befor the end of November.
Housatonic Trading Co., 931 Bantam Road, Suite 2-1 in Bantam center, can be contacted at 860-361-6299 or www.housatonictrading.com. Bartender Jeff Crane can be contacted at 860-729-7600 and designer Rex Todd Rogers can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.