STATEN ISLAND, NY — Furniture Restoration Workshop (FWR) says goodbye to the Staten Island community. This will mark the end of this life-defining 48-year run for owners Matthew and Nina Long.
On Sunday April 3, they sell everything in the shop at 1550 Richmond Terrace. The building has been sold, and everything must go.
Watching his father run his own home improvement business and spending his youth working carpentry, Long decided to start a furniture restoration business in a small warehouse/garage in West Brighton, aptly named “The Furniture Restoration workshops”. As the business grew it moved to 1550 Richmond Terrace in 1986. The job turned into a successful business and moved into commercial work with high profile companies such as; the Jewish Division Reading Room at the 42nd Street Library, Radio City, and the Federal Reserve Bank.
Over 48 years, Long has given hope to many who seemed out of work in our community. He has welcomed and trained people with criminal records, developmental disabilities, mental health challenges and countless people who would have fallen through the cracks who made a life under his care and employment.
“My fondest memories of those 48 years of ups and downs are the friends I made, the people who helped me along the way, the clients whose respect I earned, the times I been able to help people either through work or through my work, and among the thousand stories I could tell, Long said.
“Most importantly, of course, for the incredible support of my wife Nina, whom I relied on for intelligent guidance and direction. I will miss this magnificent building. I have always been proud to be able to create something every day. I hope I can continue like this. I’m thinking of learning how to sculpt sand,” Long added.
As you may know, Long has already had quite the career in sand sculpting and castle building. That will continue to be one of the things he focuses on.
Below is a photo gallery of some of the “sale priced” items at the store on Sunday, April 3, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.