Almost gone are the days when you will find Deborah Buck shlepping 1960s-era Italian ceramic lamps and Japanese bronze cachepots from Buck House, her antique shop at Madison and 91st Street, three blocks north to her salon, the Gallery at Buck House.
Ms. Buck—artist, antique purveyor, Dalton mother, Carnegie Hill resident and wife of philanthropist Christopher Buck—has just leased the ground floor, basement and garden at 1318 Madison, where she plans to combine both of her spaces into one big Buck House.
She undertakes the venture at a terrible time for the $1,175 hand-carved, Italian gilt-wood mirror market—something she concedes with admirable candor. Asked if her business had suffered in the recession, she responded, “Anybody who tells you no is lying.”
“However, it is an opportunity to be creative,” added Ms. Buck by telephone, as she sat sipping iced tea along Madison. “I just took a 10-year lease, because I’m still in it for the long haul and I’m putting money into this space.”
And, she added, “I am saving on rent.”
Indeed, from a pocketbook standpoint, one space is better than two. Ms. Buck plans to close the original Buck House on Sept. 1, while she continues to look for a tenant to sublease the Gallery space.
“The [building] refused to just take back the lease,” Ms. Buck said. “And I think in a different financial climate they would have taken it back in a second. I improved it so much, they could probably get a lot more for it.”
She plans to have a soft opening for her new Buck House on Sept. 1. The store, it should be said, is quite a nice score for the landlord of 1318 Madison, who was represented by Prudential Douglas Elliman Retail’s Faith Hope Consolo and Joe Aquino.