At the other end of Scio Town Center, Westside Furniture Consignment Emporium just got bigger. When Joe Grammatico, who owns the complex, opened his used-furniture store there a few years ago, it was a shot in the dark. With his construction business flat-lining because of the recession, he had some time on his hands, and he had a vacancy. Now it seems he’s found himself a new career. Positioning the store as upmarket and high end, rather than junk-shoppy, has business humming. When Wine Etc. went out of business last January, Grammatico decided to knock out the intervening wall and expand. He was sad to see Wine Etc. go, but says he’s not surprised. Gary Wilbert’s wine store “sold only wine and some really expensive beer, like $9 a six pack. He didn’t even sell tobacco. I used to ask him why, and he said he didn’t like it.” Grammatico laughs heartily and sweeps his arm around his rooms of furniture and tchotchkes. “If I only sold stuff I liked, where would I be?”
Westside Furniture Consignment Emporium, 283 S. Zeeb Rd., 929-4508. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m. wfce.net.