Brandon Tallau & Samantha Tagliarino created the OffBeat Emporium with different backgrounds than most would assume. Brandon graduated from the University at Buffalo with a BA in Media Study, focusing on Film and Video Production. Sam graduated from Villa Maria College with an AS before graduating from Daemen College with a BFA in Graphic Design.
So a furniture store… Huh?
A few years before the store was even a thought, Brandon & Sam were looking for furniture to furnish their own home. After looking at various overpriced pieces of furniture, poorly made and lacking character, they were at a loss. After driving home one day, they saw something that shocked and inspired them.
It was trash night. After just driving a few blocks, they saw enough furniture to fill their house twice over… just out of the stuff their neighbors were throwing out! It is truly amazing how much stuff people throw away!
Then they wondered… Does anybody know where his or her trash really goes? Well, everyone knows that once you put it by your curb, the garbage fairies take it all and convert it into magic! That magic usually gets used for special effects scenes in Hollywood blockbusters, but for what else we still don’t know…
However, after doing some research on the world wide web, Brandon & Sam realized the furniture that people put at their curb actually gets thrown into landfills, which actually take in garbage several times faster than things take to decompose.
Over the next few months, they got different furniture pieces very inexpensively, and restored them to new! They painted some in OffBeat colors, and even turned some of them into different pieces altogether!
That’s when the OffBeat Movement was born! After a few years of giving new life to all makes and models of furniture, they decided to put them all in a store, and call it OffBeat Emporium. They used their different education backgrounds to fully brand the store. OffBeat was even further developed during a school project! Sam used the idea as the main focal point for her senior design project at Daemen College.
Since then, OffBeat Emporium has added to their Movement an array of different artists. They all create beautiful pieces of furniture and art, adding variety and displaying their own vision to their pieces. They, too, started by asking themselves the same questions as Brandon & Sam: Why buy cheap, build-it-yourself furniture when you could buy a secondhand piece that was originally made solid, then given new life? What if that piece of furniture had way more character? What if it cost less? What if it saved the space it would have taken up in a landfill?
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In a walnut shell (we like to be specific when we use clichés), OffBeat Emporium takes everyday old furniture pieces and turns them into one-of-a-kind conversation pieces! Don’t want any more excuses to start up a conversation with family and friends? No worries, just give them OffBeat’s information and they’ll chat with your friends about furniture so that you don’t have to!
“From Danish Modern to French Provincial, antique to just plain interesting, we take a quality piece of furniture that’s no longer in its prime and transport it back to its glory days. But we go one more step further; we make it the cool kid in school!”
A Bold Transformation, indeed.