After 23 years of promoting native artwork, high-quality prints and classic treasures, Monastiraki’s proprietor is shutting down his curiosity store and artwork gallery on St-Laurent Boulevard in Montreal’s Mile Finish neighbourhood.
Monastiraki is thought for internet hosting reveals and household actions, however proprietor Billy Mavreas says it is time to transfer on. His household opened the enterprise in 1998 and he took over just a few years later.
“It is sufficient for me. I like the perks. I like assembly individuals, speaking to individuals, promoting issues and connecting with individuals. I want a break now,” he mentioned.
Apart from saying goodbye to his loyal clients, Mavreas mentioned he could have a troublesome time parting with all of the odd collectibles he is accrued over time.
Attachment is an issue, he mentioned, however as he clears out the store, “I am beginning to take a look at issues and go: ‘It is OK. I can let it go now.'”
After taking a while off, Mavreas mentioned he could open a small studio simply to get out of the home and proceed his ardour for portray.
Nevertheless, Monastiraki might be missed by loyal clients like Isabel Fuentes who has been a shopper for greater than three years.
She mentioned she may spend hours all of the gadgets, and over that point has developed a friendship with Mavreas that she expects will final even after the store’s closure.
“I am unhappy as a result of it is an excellent place,” mentioned Fuentes. “It is all the time a very good time to come back right here, however I am additionally joyful for him. It appears to be the suitable factor for what he needs to do in his life.”
Fuentes, although, will miss with the ability to discover probably the most sudden issues on the store, like a second-hand wood spoon.
“I got here right here and he had a set with little basketball imprints on it. I used to be like there you go, that is the one I’ll purchase,” she mentioned.
As Mavreas will get set for his final weekend as proprietor of the store, he is already dreaming about opening one thing comparable at some point.
“I nonetheless fantasize about [being] down in an alleyway, a storage and a hidden jewel,” he mentioned.
“And that may occur.”