NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – What started out as a fishing tackle store has grown into something more.
On a sidewalk in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, under a red awning that says “Always a fish ahead,” stacks of colorful mid-century furniture are on display. Inside, next to the fishing rods, a vinyl collection includes reggae from the Heptones and hard rock from Zior.
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Dream fishing equipment opened in 1999 as a fishing tackle store when Robert Piskorski, a native of Warsaw, Poland and a carp fisherman in his spare time, decided to turn his hobby into a profession.
Over the decades, as e-commerce took hold of his corner of the fishing industry, he began to downsize, providing space in the front of his shop for his daughter Barbara, who was looking to get away from it all. launch itself into retail. Self-proclaimed obsessed with furniture, she had amassed a collection too large to keep.
“This kind of fair has grown over time. Furniture takes up a lot of space, ”she said.
Robert’s interest in music resulted in a pile of records next to the hook wall.
“It all kind of collided,” Barbara said.
At the start of the store’s transformation, customers were surprised.
“They were making types of comments like, ‘Oh, that’s kinda weird,’” Robert said.
But the regulars ended up accepting and liking the unlikely combination.
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Barbara’s quirky and vibrant collection includes posters, fruit bowls, and even mannequins. She loves the way her wares look like her father’s.
“Fishing gear has a great assortment of textures and colors,” she said.
Customers, some buying lures, others lamps, often mingle in the aisles. Barbara says they have more in common than you might think.
“People who love fishing also have a very artistic and creative mind,” she said.
At Dream Fishing Tackle, she aims to offer an escape from reality.
“I don’t want people to come and feel like they have to buy something,” she said. “I want people to come in and feed the brain with new ideas, inspiration.”
She thinks everything in the store should be special.
“I also want people to come here and feel like they’ve found something,” she said. “The hunt is always the best part.”
Dream fishing equipment
673 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222
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