As recently reported in The Troy Record and the Times Union, three new retail businesses are coming to the historic Frear Building in downtown Troy: Trojan Horse, an antique shop that’s moving and expanding from its location on River Street; the clothing manufacturer Ekologic, which uses recycled fabrics, and… a mid-century furniture shop, Modern on the Hudson!
Local mod fans will remember the proprietors of Modern on the Hudson, Judy Engel and Frank Daley. Their previous retail venture, Vintage Vogue, started in Saratoga Springs and relocated to River Street. While the retail portion of their business closed some 10 years ago, they’ve remained active vendors of mid-century furniture, selling wholesale to retail accounts, primarily in New York City.
In a brief recent phone conversation, Engel said that business is flourishing and the new store-front will simply mean that their inventory is on public display. “When we started this 20 years ago,” said Engel, “nobody understood what we were doing.” Businesses in the Frear are expected to open in October.