Modern home decor shop For The People just hit the one-month mark in its new retail space at 5102 North Central Avenue. But co-owners Shawn Silberblatt and Chad Campbell say they already feel like part of the community.
"We've had a great reception from the neighborhood," Silberblatt says. Co-owner Campbell agrees, "We already feel like we've been here for awhile."
For The People's former space was a compact 500-square-foot store at the Union in Biltmore Fashion Park. (Union officially closed earlier this month.) By comparison, the new space is an expansive 2,500 square feet.
With all the extra space, Silberblatt says,"We've been able to add a lot of furniture." Many eye-catching bigger pieces including Midcentury Modern-inspired furniture, Al Beadle sculptures, and wall art give the new space a cool, relaxed hang-out vibe.
They've also been able to introduce more local artists. Campbell says, "I think we went from about 13 at our old space to about 20, or 21, and that's just in a month." It includes everything from pillows, tables, and photography, to concrete planters by Cole Smith and jewelry from Heidi Abrahamson Modern Jewelry.
On Thursday, May 12, the shop is hosting a housewarming party from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. featuring a live jazz trio, wine, beer, and small bites provided by Postino Central.
A favorite feature of the new store - in the back, behind a glass partition - is a reading room with benches and artfully displayed books on architecture, design, and photography.
Look closely and there is a small window that peers into the studio of architect Wendell Burnette (famous for his work on the Amangiri Resort and Spa in Canyon Point, Utah, among other projects). It's a glimpse into the creative space. Says Silberblatt, "How often do you get to look inside an architect's studio?"
Burnette also happens to be the landlord. Campbell says, "One of the things that we're very excited about is now we're a local shop, leasing from a local person, and all our money is staying within our community."
"Practical Art, Frances, Stinkweeds, they've already been here for awhile, and you've got Postino down the street. They've all been wonderful to us. It's a very committed, community neighborhood," says Campbell.
"What we've added to the new space is more locally sourced items. We want people to come in and find unusual, nice gifts, have a sense of discovery, just on a bigger scale," says Silberblatt. They also hope to have regular events, showcase local artists, and connect up with the modernism community that is active in Phoenix.
Along with the midcentury retail feel across the street in the newly renovated Uptown Plaza, For The People is bringing some of the midcentury feeling back to Phoenix's Central Corridor, but in an updated way.
Says Campbell, "We didn't think a bike rack would be one of the first things that we would need to have, but we need a bike rack. You don't realize how neighborly this area is until you're actually here every day."