An antique and art store opens in the East End of Bridgeport

The owners of the recently opened Tongue in Chique say there’s something for everyone at their antique and artwork shop.

The retailer opened Saturday at 1069 Connecticut Ave. with an eclectic list of pieces put together by Glen Adams and Arthur Dabu Jimenez. The duo moved into a 4,600 square foot space inside the American Fabrics Art Building after years of operating in New York.

“Bridgeport is a great community,” Adams said. “There is a bit of grain, which is good.”

The duo boast over 25 years of trading and collecting art and other “one-of-a-kind” items that are now featured in their store. The company offers hundreds of pieces for sale ranging from paintings and sculptures to furniture and tableware, all from different cultures and eras.

Tongue in Chique was originally located in Hudson, where Jimenez and Adams first teamed up, fusing their passion for art and interior design. Much like their space in Park City, they first settled in an abandoned warehouse with a handful of art and antique dealers.

While the New York City community proved to be a good starting point, Adams said it was difficult to serve her core clientele who lived primarily in Fairfield and Westchester counties.

“A lot of people can come by train, but they can’t bring a sofa on a train,” he said.

Their new space provides easier access to Interstate 95, which Jimenez says has made them more accessible and also allowed them to deliver parts to New York as needed.

The duo are still trying to build their reputation in the East End, but Jimenez said they are already looking at ways to expand their concept to benefit their surrounding artistic community.

“I hope we create an atmosphere, with the artists (here), that would create an environment to showcase their work,” he said.

As they look to grow, the duo said they eventually want to use their space as a place for workshops and classes for residents and artists.

In addition to collecting and selling pieces, Jimenez is a painter. Adams is also an experienced carpenter.

According to Adams, they want to develop a supportive environment for their fellow artists and collectors. The American Fabrics Arts building is home to approximately 40 other artist tenants with the duo.

“It would benefit them and it would benefit us and the public would be aware of that because a lot of people don’t really know there are artists here,” he said.

Tongue in Chique is open all week from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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