New store news: A furniture and home accessories shop, Conversion, is opening in Old City next week. The owner, Dan Thompson, is from Lambertville and caught the furniture bug early: He grew up working at an antiques store, “vacuuming the carpet.” Seven years ago, he began making his own furniture, rustic, reclaimed pieces with an industrial-slash-farmhouse bent. These pieces caught the eye of the owner of Philter Coffee in Kennett Square, who asked Thompson to make all of the coffee shop’s tables and design the counters. And then, well, things took off.
Thompson, a former sheet metal worker, will sell vintage furniture, smalls and lighting, along with other accessories like candles, soaps and leather goods made by artisans from all over the country. The real gems to look out for, though, are the pieces Thompson makes by hand. He’s got plenty of the Tables du Jour, industrial metal bases topped with reclaimed wood, but in the back of the store is where he keeps the live-edge lumber, from which he’ll create custom furniture for homeowners and business.
Mark your calendars: The store is hosting an official opening party on Friday, September 11th. In the meantime, check out the shop’s dreamy Instagram feed here.
The Details: Conversion, 38 South 3rd Street, Old City.