C’mon. Admit it. You have been wondering what’s been going on behind the brown paper that has covered the windows of the old Fraser’s building on Main Street in Shawville for the past few months. You may have even peeked in recently waiting to see what would be unveiled.
The wait was over on Saturday afternoon as White Buffalo Vintage opened its doors and invited us in. The place is remarkable.
Over 100 attended the grand opening event and were treated to a trip around the elegant showroom featuring one-of-a-kind upcycled furniture created by the owner, Giuliana Albanese. Guests sipped wine and enjoyed canapes, cheese and fruit from the charcuterie in her workroom.
“I can’t believe how many people came in,” she beamed. “I am so happy for this warm welcome to the community. It’s overwhelming.” It was clear that she had many fans and well-wishers. The counter was brimming with floral bouquets, cards and tributes welcoming her and wishing her luck with the new venture.
The 38 year old Otter Lake native oozes style and creativity. With an eye for timeless craftmanship, she unearths vintage pieces and uses chalk paint to transform them into swoon-worthy furniture.
The showroom on Main Street showcases many of these pieces as well as the paint and tools that an eager do-it-yourselfer, who may have a project in mind, would need to get started. For those who are not as confident on their own, don’t fret, Giuliana will be holding workshops this coming winter. “I love to see other people bringing their ideas to life,” she explained. “The Annie Sloan chalk paint makes it easy for people of all skill levels to get started.”
Not ready to start painting and refinishing? The shop is worth a visit even if only for a look at the $25,000 transformation of the building. The walls have all been torn back to expose beautiful brick, there are massive wooden beams, antique doors and windows. The back of the store will serve a workshop for upcoming classes and the basement is bursting with dozens of timeless treasures waiting for a makeover. Throughout the shop browsers will also discover throw cushions, blankets, candles and other vintage décor for sale.
You can learn more about his unique shop by visiting and liking their Facebook page @whitebuffalovintagefurniture or by visiting their website at www.whitebuffalovintage.ca