Who’s in Store: Mission Avenue’s Bernabe Somoza

Bernabe Somoza revitalizes vintage pieces at his Mission Avenue Studio in Sarasota

What’s old is new again at Mission Avenue Studio, a fledgling vintage furniture restoration business that’s the brainchild of former Houston art dealer Bernabe Somoza. “Every day is an adventure,” exclaims Somoza, a cancer survivor who moved to Sarasota to continue his recovery while one of his two sons, Carlos, attended IMG. “I thrive on this work—it gives me the will to live.”

Success helps, too, and Mission Avenue’s rise as a vintage brand on flash sale juggernaut One Kings Lane has been meteoric. The two-year-old company moved to Sarasota in 2012, became an approved One Kings Lane supplier three months later and now ranks in the top five in every category it sells.

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