ST. PETERSBURG, FL – The history and story behind a retro piece of furniture adds more value to it for some people such as Retrospect Furniture owner Samir Khemiri.
Before Khemiri opened his store on North 16th Street, he had a similar business on Central Avenue, Expectations, and closed when the building’s new owners in 2014 increased the monthly lease to $10,000 per month. month. Retrospect Furniture opened in early 2020 and then closed a few weeks later for five months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“I opened the doors to Retrospect later in the summer of 2020, and a lot of my Central Avenue customers were able to find me by word of mouth,” Khemiri said in an interview with Patch.
Khemiri travels everywhere to find eclectic household items. Retrospect offers furniture and home decor from around the world and from different eras. A reporter from Patch saw a Civil War-used wagon sitting outside the company. Another historic piece of his company was a camera built in New York in the 1800s.
“This camera, I bought it from a designer, and it’s a very nice piece – a historic piece,” Khemiri said. “No one is going to buy it unless they know the story behind it. When a customer walks into my store, I introduce them and let them know their story. They appreciate that.”
Khemiri pointed to two 1960 Western Flyer bicycles he bought from a collector and a Mediterranean goatskin lamp. A journalist from Patch felt like she was in a museum and he was the curator. He has been fascinated by antiques and retro furniture all his life. He said he had been exposed to these styles a lot while living in Stockholm, Sweden.
The pieces in his shop come from many countries such as France, England, Ireland, Japan, etc.
Restrospect Furniture, 1820 16th Street North, St. Petersburg, open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed Sunday and Monday.
For more information, call 727-400-5113 or email [email protected]