How Furnishings From Around the World End Up at Bass & Bennett

Located in a former nightclub in the Strip District, the retail store featuring salvaged and upcycled goods opened over the summer.
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PHOTOS COURTESY MATT BASS

Furnishings and home decor store Bass & Bennett in the Strip District started with an idea founder Matt Bass had two decades ago.

“It has been an idea of mine for 20 years or so. I travel a lot,” Bass says. “We ended up finding some really cool, contemporary furniture. Ever since, I thought it would be really cool to travel around the world, find these pieces and bring them back.” 

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Selling one-of-a-kind salvaged and upcycled items, the business started as a wholesale seller in 2019 with a warehouse in Tarentum before switching to retail and moving to a farm in Moon. 

“At that point, the intent was to find a real retail space where we could have higher traffic,” Bass says. 

He found his perfect location at a former nightclub in the Strip District. Located across the way from the Strip District Terminal on Smallman Street, the space was extensively renovated to restore its original features and turn it into a retail space. 

“Everything was covered up; the brick was covered, the walls had a faux finish and there were bars and deejay areas in there,” Bass recalls. “We just demoed everything. We exposed all the brick walls; we have the original concrete floors that date back to the 1900s and we removed window coverings and added garage doors to the space.” 

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Designing Bass & Bennett’s new aesthetic was a simple one, according to Bass. 

“The building itself suggested a lot of the design,” he says. “We took it back to the raw space, and worked with Midland Architecture with some lighting and design suggestions. It lends itself to the type of products we have.

The transformation, however, took much longer than expected, Bass says. Originally slated to open last January, the store debuted in August. Today, it features unique products sourced directly from artisans from across the globe, including vintage cabinets and coffee tables made from unusual materials, among them a table made from a stock tank.

Bass & Bennett is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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