Rozzie Reno: 4 Home Improvement and Furnishings Businesses in Roslindale Village

Rozzie Reno: 4 Home Improvement and Furnishings Businesses in Roslindale Village


Furniture… Furniture, purses, accessories,
jewelry… Jewelry, clothes. Lot’s of clothes. Houseware items, electronics…
electronics, kids zone. Kids toys, kids clothes… Lot of records… tons of records, books, you have furniture, rugs… rugs! Yeah, we basically sell everything here. Hi Roslindale! I’m Andrea from the Economic Development Committee and we’re here
meeting with Chris the manager from the Thrift Shop of Boston, here in Roslindale
Square. The thrift store is mostly run by
volunteers? Yeah we’re a volunteer run organization. We have a volunteer board
of directors which oversee the operations of the shop and then I’m the
shop manager and then we have a staff of 7. 7 and also 12 regular
volunteers to come in and so we’re a group of about 20 people or so that regularly coming in and you know processing all the donations, pricing the
donations and and running the sales floor. We we sell hundreds of thousands
of objects every year. And in order to receive that and move
that we just gotta make the stuff cheap. You gotta keep it moving, keep it
flowing. And if we don’t get the price right,you know we have sales and it goes half price, you know, everything goes half price eventually. And generally, it’s you know, it’s a win-win. You want people to walk away not having spent a lot for something and
at the same time it helps us. We’re moving stuff along you know and able to, at the end of the day, raise money for the Home, which is our mission.
Yeah, supporting a good cause and saving some of these precious pieces
from the landfill. Yeah exactly that’s part of it too, yeah definitely.
So a win-win all around. So are you a Roslindale resident? I am.
How long have you lived here? A year. Welcome to Roslindale. Thank you so much.
Yeah, it’s about time because I’ve been living like you know in the area. I’m
originally from West Roxbury and I’ve been coming Rozzie my whole life. My
Godmother lives on Kittredge Street and she has a two-family and my Aunt Joanie
and my Uncle Tommy and their kids live there too, so I’ve been coming to Roslindale Square, as they call it here. But I’ve been coming to Rozzie since I was a little one. Your home must
be really eclectic. Definitely! Do you take a lot home with you? Well, I have a
small house but yes, I think basically everything in the house has
been furnished by the Thrift Store. That must be really eclectic (totally) and fun. Yeah it is. I mean, I’m in a little house too, these historic, 1915
homes where you’ve got small corners and and odd angles and its fun to come into a spot like this to find pieces that might work for your small
spaces. Yeah, because some of it might have come
from a time when those houses were built. Share with us a little bit about
Wallpaper City and how Wallpaper City is a perfect resource for spring cleaning.
Generally in the spring after the long winters, we’ve had you know, most folks,
they want to spruce up their decks for cookouts. We do sell some
cleaning products but our core product really is paint. We’re a large volume
Benjamin Moore paint dealer throughout the surrounding area. To Jamaica Plain, Dedham, West Roxbury, obviously Roslindale. You know, sometimes a simple
thing like a front door, a different color, gives the house a nice curb appeal
a lot of people look forward to that, but obviously they want to be outside, having
been cooped up in the tundra that we’ve had. I find one of the gems of Wallpaper
City is your radiator covers selection and you have custom radiator covers. They
look like a piece of furniture when they’re done. They finish the space off and they’re good for kids because
they don’t get hot like the radiators do. So it’s a good child safety feature as
well. Actually it makes the the heating more efficient because it pushes the
heat into the room instead of rising, so it’s actually, it’s helping it. So you’re
available to measure and evaluate what would be the best cover for them? Yeah, we do the measuring, that way you get it right the first time. I mean, it’s not
that complicated but it kind of takes the stress out of them worrying about it.
Plus they don’t fit in most people’s cars, so I just take the pickup trunk and
drop them off. What’s a good piece of advice that you would give a new
homeowner that just bought a fixer-upper and is looking at this daunting project
and knows that one of the best places to start is sprucing it up
with paint? What will be your first piece of advice so you start? Well, it can be
overwhelming, that we’ve all done it to our homes, we’re all in the same boat
where you look at a project, “I have to do this entire place.” That’s overwhelming.
Start with one room, you know even if it’s the room you want to get to last,
make your mistakes there, come to ask for advice, we’ll simplify things
for you, things that you have to do, you can’t do and it can be done. There’s
nothing that’s that difficult. Painting is not that hard. It’s something you can
really do, take your time, don’t rush through it. So we’re excited in
Roslindale to celebrate your 50th anniversary celebration. And it’s
something, what a milestone! Tony’s has been 50 years,
Wallpaper City has been 50 years, Something to be proud of our Square. I think the test the
time too has been, you’ve kept it honest, simple, don’t over complicate things and
again through those years, I don’t think people have changed the way they want to be treated. And it just kind of
continues. It’s a cycle. I mean we’re not reinventing the wheel here, you just be
yourself and you keep doing what you’ve been doing and I think you’re you’re
okay for it. Bob, Mike, thanks for meeting with us
today to talk about Trethewey Brothers and the legacy that you have continued
on here in Roslindale Village. We’re very proud of our old businesses that are
continually and successfully transforming themselves in new ways so
tell us a little about about the history of Trethewey Brothers and the
management that that you see today? The history started with two brothers, William
and Harry, and there wasn’t really that much indoor plumbing and they were house
builders. They’re both from Roslindale and they built a lot of the housing
stock. And then that transitioned into doing the indoor plumbing. And from that,
it would be my grandfather, George S. Trethewey. He took over and ran the
business and he was the second generation And then Ron, which would be
my father came in. and really that was during the the boom of building and the
gas company and the whole area becoming gas. And we pretty much carved out a
successful niche of being a plumbing, heating, and remodeling contractor. Wow. So Mike, you’ve been here for 32 years? 32 years. 32 years, yes. And you employ 30, or 32 employees? Right around a 30, yeah. Wow. 20
to 30. We usually have about 10 trucks on the road. Wow. You know, somewhere in that area. There are plenty of employees that have
been here even a lot longer than myself. You know, it’s a credit to Bob and
the past for treating everyone like they always have and you know hopefully, we always will. This series, we’re talking with or talking with business owners
about spring cleaning. And ways for our residents… eventually the the winter will
recede, the snow will melt away and we’ll be back out in our gardens and
planning renovations and planning remodels on our old houses that
we so love. What are some new products that you can
advise some some of our young homeowners on as they start to look into
a renovation or a remodel of their bathroom or kitchen? Wher do we start?
It’s amazing how everything is smart these days. Oh yeah, and smart, smaller,
maybe a little bit more complicated to repair and stuff. The water heat is
what they call tankless, is having this direct vent, more electronics much more
efficient. What about repairing old faucets that you would get from a from a
historic renovation? And we do offer that too. Oh yes. We still have
the old tools to rebuild it and rewasher it or retap it, whatever it takes
you know. If the customer wants a head in that direction, we can certainly
do that. For me, I think the other merchants in home improvement and
we all get along great. There’s a respect for Joe up at the hardware store, Peter
over at Harrison or Ross and his son, don’t forget Alex at the hardware store.
So there’s an awful lot of just wonderful knowledge at the fingertips
of people walking or needing help. 51 years you’ve been here at
Roslindale Hardware, is that right? Well, it would be 51 years in this building, in
business, correct. So what can I say other than the time went all too
fast. Still feeling happy and fine and still
eager to work, so I enjoyed very much the The pleasure of this type of business that
you really do have to know 10,000 things or more because you know,
every part of your house, how does everything work, how does everything fail? What kind of problems can you have? How do you fix them? How do you get around X, Y, Z? No more than you take a simple item and say hi I need one of these. And then
the question is well, what sizes does it come in? What colors does it come in?How
many people make it? Is there a cheaper version? Is there a more expensive
version? How quick can I get it? do you stock this one? So you can take any one
item and probably come up with 15 or 20 questions on one item. And now mind you,
we stock more than 17,000 different items in this store.
Which is not that many in relationship to some of the larger
stores but that means you have to have 17,000 things that you have to know
every one of them. What do you call it? Where do you keep it? Now, so of the
17,000 supplies you have here, what would surprised customers most when they walk
in? People don’t think about this business as much as I do, obviously. So the big stores all they care about is high-volume, which means if they don’t
sell this product every day of the week, or every other day of the week, they
don’t have the product. So there are thousands of products and hundreds of
products that they do not have. For example, right now I know
they don’t sell household fuses anymore because most people have
circuit breakers. Now there’s still plenty of people who have fuses and say
“I went to XYZ store next to the other store” but they don’t mention,
and “they don’t have fuses” and you’re right and so whichever kind you want we
have them you know. It’s the rarer and maybe slower selling products that they
don’t have anymore and we do and it keeps us busy. So I can still find them
here. Yes, we have many things that you can find here that you don’t find anywhere
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