With the orange Home Depot signs shining overhead, the southern edge of Figueroa Street in Cypress Park is better known for building supplies than boutiques. But at Figueroa and Avenue 28, the opening of Finster Studio, a vintage furniture and home accessories store, next to Footsies bar and across from Maintain skate shop has helped attract those searching for hipness instead of hardware. Cypress Park resident Sharon-Kate Sancer, a former photo producer and prop stylist, opened Finster, named after her Doxie Terrier mix, in December to pursue her longtime interest in vintage items and get out of a long commute.
Sancer said she was attracted to the location partly because Footsies “has a following of the same kind of customers we would draw.” Finster has also attracted customers patronizing other nearby businesses.
“I think [Maintain] customers have found us from spotting us across the street, and I hope vice-versa,” Sancer said in an email. “And I can’t neglect mentioning El Atacor #11. We’ve had many new customers walk in from being over here for their potato taco fix!”
Finster is Sancer’s first shop but she has gained experience in the world of vintage and retailing by working at Old Focals, the Pasadena vintage eyewear store.
What can you expect to find at Finster? Sancer explains:
We focus on about 90% vintage wares. Home decor, furniture, lamps, clothing, shoes, jewelry, art. Being a child of the 70s, I’ve always had a special affinity for earth tones and saturated brights. I’m still a big fan of acid-green and rust! And love the clean yet warm lines of the mid century, danish modern/Eames furnishings we make sure we have available on the floor.
Beginning this month, Finster will also present the work of local artists during the Northeast L.A. Second Saturday Gallery Night.