NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Members of New Rochelle's business, educational, political and religious communities and leaders from surrounding towns will celebrate the reinvention of I.B. Cohen as Cohens Consignment with an invite-only grand opening reception Wednesday night.
A short program will include a ribbon cutting, followed by a proclamation presentation, a discussion of trends in the resale industry and updates on the revitalization of the downtown area. A collection of memorabilia will also be showcased.
The menswear institution, located at 525 Main St. in downtown New Rochelle, holds the distinction of being one of the oldest businesses in New York State to be owned and operated by a single family. Israel Benjamin Cohen, an immigrant from Lithuania, established his first clothing store in Mamaroneck, New York, in 1890. The Cohens continue to carry on the family tradition in retail, only this year, Westchester residents are experiencing Cohens Consignment.
Cohens Consignment offers new old stock men's clothing from the 60s, 70s and 80s, and a variety of unique resale items such as porcelain and glass from past eras, housewares, a collection of Asian antiques, including textiles, paintings and sculptures, a toy collection, and a constantly refreshed assortment of slightly worn vintage clothes, handbags and jewelry. An accomplished dress designer will create custom-made wedding gowns or other clothing items.
"We want to have something for everyone and almost every occasion," said Richard Cohen, proprietor and the fourth generation Cohen to run the family business. "We hope to attract shoppers who are economically and culturally diverse, modern and savvy, young and old, and trendy and traditional...people looking for treasures, slightly used or new."
Cohens Consignment is open Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Vendor rental space is available on a monthly open basis.
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