I’ve always had a lot of respect for people that can merchandise products and utilize commercial space well. Stepping in to the establishment of this week’s Doer and Dreamer really impressed me. Using discarded refrigerators and old lockers for storage as well as having a 3d printer on display, is an example of the creative energy behind the conception of this unique shop. Say ‘Hello’ to this week’s Doer and Dreamer, Felix Olivieri (pictured with wife, Sarah), who is creating this one-of-a-kind establishment on the Rondout.
Your name: Felix Olivieri
Business or organization: Olivieri’s Arts, Crafts, & Coffee , 63 Broadway
Occupation: Store owner, artist, film producer . . .
What is your approach to your business or occupation that makes you unique?
I’ve dreamed of owning my own art store ever since I was a kid. Along the way, I have worked at many well known art shops. For my own shop, I’m trying to make an art supply store that inspires people’s creativity. With the in-store cafe and unique decor, it’s a place for people to meet, enjoy some coffee or tea with a fabulous croissant, learn about unique art mediums, or even watch a 3D plastic printer in action.
Where are you from originally?
I’m Puerto Rican/Italian and raised in the Bronx
What brought you to the Kingston area and keeps you in this area?
My wife imported me 9 years ago. She fed me, and since then I’ve never wanted to leave.
What is your favorite hangout in this area and why?
While it’s not the traditional hang out, I love to go to P & T Surplus down by Hideaway Marina. I could cruise the aisles there for hours.
When you’re not in Kingston, what’s your idea of a wonderful city to visit, and why?
I like going to the only city that’s called “the city”, and that is New York City. I went to LaGuardia Music and Arts and Performing Arts high school across the street from Lincoln Center, so Manhattan has felt like home ever since.
Tell us something that we never would have guessed about you.
You’d never guess by looking at me as a 6 ft. 5 in. bald Latin man from the ghetto, that I love musicals . . . The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Barbara Streisand