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Friday, November 6, 2020

PHOTOS: Fort Thomas Native Opens Antique Furniture, Decor Shop in Newport

On October 6, the city of Newport completed a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new antique furniture shop - Mazzocca Brothers Furniture and Antiques - located on Saratoga Street.

By Jessie Eden

What is old again is 'new' once more at this brand new antique shop in Newport. 

On October 6, the city of Newport gathered for a special ribbon cutting ceremony at a new furniture, antique and decor shop called "Mazzocca Brothers Furniture and Antiques". 

Owned and operated by Fort Thomas native Louis Mazzocca and his wife Holly, the idea for the store stemmed from a passion that began in 2015 when they purchased a home filled with history in Fort Thomas. “The inspiration for Mazzocca Brothers started with our home in Fort Thomas. In 2015, we moved up the street to a home with a little more space for our growing family and we needed new furniture. The house was built in 1904, and as my wife Holly and I started shopping for furniture, we knew that we wanted it to reflect the time period of the house." 

Louis' interest in the house began when he started researching period furniture and decor that would be the best fit for their Fort Thomas home...although some needed some extra love. "These pieces tended to need some attention, and I gradually learned to love cleaning and restoring them as well. And after the house was furnished and decorated, I just never stopped looking for the next great piece.”

From Abandoned Storefront to a Renovated Shop & Ribbon Cutting

Louis prepares drinks for a small group of family and friends who celebrated the ribbon-cutting ceremony in early October.

That process of pouring extra love into a piece soon extended to a dream of opening a shop to honor all the treasures he had found. In January 2020, the couple purchased 1021 Saratoga Street in hopes of rehabbing the space for the new shop.  “I knew I wanted to open the store in our local community and find a space that would reflect the beauty of the furniture and antiques inside it. I put a lot of attention into bringing beauty back to the furniture we sell and we did the same thing with our building at 1021 Saratoga." 

Louis and his brother Tom both grew up in Fort Thomas.

As with the furniture pieces, the space they found for the shop ALSO required a little love. "While the renovation was more work than I had initially anticipated, it also turned out better than I expected - and the city of Newport has been very supportive and thrilled with the transformation. We’ve transformed an abandoned building into a beautiful storefront and also rehabbed three affordable rental units on the second floor. We’re excited to be a part of the growth and resurgence of the Newport community.”

Louis has even teamed up with his brother Tom to make sure the business runs smoothly. Tom, a CPA, manages all the accounting, tax and legal aspects of the business and oversees the back-office management of Mazzocca Bros.

A Focus on True Antiques...not collectables

This particular store concept is not your regular antique store. Through his shopping at other stores, Louis noticed that there were a lot of vintage collectables...but the quality isn't always there. He wanted his pieces to celebrate originality and quality of antique goods. "I wanted to start a business that featured beautiful, unique, clean and functional antique pieces – where the tables aren’t wobbly and the drawers don’t stick," said Louis. "I also strive to create an enjoyable shopping experience, whether our customers are browsing inventory online or stopping by in person. There’s always an element of the ‘hunt’ when it comes to finding that perfect piece...but you should enjoy yourself along the way.”

Mazzocca Brothers is open on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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