We had the good fortune of connecting with Terri Cirvello and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Terri, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I can sum that up in one word, people! The people who have supported me through the evolution of this business and the customers who make it happen on a daily basis. It’s so fulfilling to see people find “that” piece they’ve been searching for that makes their house a home. It’s great getting to meet and talk with our customers and share our love of art, vintage, and of course mid century modern.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Most people who know me through the shop don’t know that I work full time as a Critical Care Nurse Practitioner. It’s been really difficult to stay optimistic over the last year and a half with all the awfulness of Covid. In my job we see the sickest of the sick and it’s definitely taken an emotional toll. I’m not sure I would have signed the lease had I known how things would play out, but as they say hindsight is 20/20. Prior to opening our current space I was a dealer at Lula Bs in the design district for several years so it’s been a gradual progression from garage, to booth, to shop for Atomic Home Supply. What makes it all worthwhile is finding things that people will treasure and giving those items another life. Selling vintage items is the ultimate recycling.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Being in Oak Cliff I’m a little partial to the vibe. Our neighbors at Xaman Cafe have a really unique set up; a coffee shop up front and a “speakeasy” with a completely different ambiance in the back. Excellent food and drinks! Texas Theater, which is just down the street a bit is a Dallas landmark and hosts the Oak Cliff Film Festival. Las Almas Rotas in the Fair Park neighborhood is another small business that is really unique and fun. They specialize in Mezcal cocktails and frequently have lectures and sampling events. The DFW metroplex has so many things that make it special, too many to name!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are several people who have truly made this journey a success. My daughter Haley was my first business partner, she helped me laugh when we were getting up at 3AM to go to estate sales. My husband Michael was tolerant of the chaos in our house, garage, and life in general. My friends Hank Tosh and Jesus Esparza who refinish and recover almost every piece that comes through the shop, they make everything new again! And Leon Nelson, who has literally been a lifesaver since we opened the current shop. His work ethic and commitment to customer satisfaction are what has made this year a success. I know I can count on him while I work my crazy nightshift hours.