LIVINGSTON, NJ - On Monday, Sep. 9, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at Bric-A-Brac ,a second-hand vintage boutique located at 123 West Mt. Pleasant Avenue in Livingston.
Mayor Rudy Fernandez, Councilman Al Anthony, Chair of the Livingston Chamber of Commerce Board Louis Urban, and the Executive Director of Livingston’s BID Beth Lippman, were on hand to help officially welcome the store to Livingston.
The store, which has been open since last October, is a mecca for those looking to find affordable, unique, or nostalgic items for their homes or to give as gifts. It boasts upholstered furniture, patterned china, attractive armoires, and a host of interesting nick-naks of all shapes and sizes, as well as a back-of-the-store boutique that is full of vintage jewelry, purses, scarves, and more.
Bric-A-Brac is the brainchild of Livingston residents Nick Terregino and his mother Angela, who partnered with Angela’s sister Rita Racaniello and Nick’s girlfriend Vivienne Cesaro to bring the store to fruition. Cesaro, the store’s buyer, travels to estate sales, auctions, and garage sales and also meets with people by appointment to acquire or consign items for the store and give it a "city feel."
“Nick and I were going to lots of garage sales and had accumulated many items to sell at our own sales, but because of the new town rules allowing people to only hold one to two garage sales a year, we decided that opening a store in Livingston to sell our items was the best idea,” said Angela.
Cesaro, who has enjoyed decorating interiors since she was a child, said, “We also opened up this shop to help the community follow suit with what the economy is doing—not paying full retail prices.”
“I love it,” said Cesaro. “It is fun meeting the people who walk in, many of whom have discovered us for the first time.”
Angela agreed and said, “I have always liked to hunt for items and to bid on them. I also love to meet and converse with interesting people and to hear how items in the store remind them of ones they once had.”
“It feels like I am going back in history here, which is apropos as it goes with Livingston’s Bicentennial,” said Urban.
All of the proprietors have favorite items in the store. Angela’s favorites are an unusual wine decanter in the shape of a boy eating grapes that they have all nicknamed "Cherry Boy," as well as a peacock lamp that is also a favorite of Cesaro’s.
“We love all of our items, and miss them when they are gone, but we can’t get attached to them,” said Nick, while describing a favorite German antique silver pocketbook with a lion clasp that was sold the night before.
Before cutting the ribbon, Fernandez, Lippman, Urban and Anthony walked around the store gazing at items, while enjoying cookies and other baked goods as well as beverages provided by the Bric-A-Brac proprietors.
“It is always great to see a new business come into town and give residents more options for shopping,” said Anthony. “I wish Bric-A-Brac the best of luck.”
“I am thrilled to have a business offering something unique and different that makes Livingston a shopping destination,” said Lippman.” I also love that people can come in here and see different items every day.”
“I always enjoy seeing new businesses open in Livingston,” said Fernandez. “We have a very dynamic business community and we look forward to this business’ success as it begins a long relationship with Livingston and its residents.”