Nick Haus has always been a collector and loves to find objects from the past that tell a story of how we live today. He has been selling unique antique wares online for years, and in 2016 opened up a shop in a residential neighborhood right off Warren’s historic Water Street.
Housed in a two-story cottage built in the 1890s, the tiny shop is stocked with new and vintage goods with an interesting flair. “I look for goods that have contrast and conversation with the way people live now,” says Haus. “I love how inserting the same piece in a different place, not only changes the piece itself, but the setting.”
Haus is always on the hunt for eye-catching pieces and scours shops on his travels, estate sales, and any place that sells old things. While his online shop has a strong presence, the brick-and-mortar location allows him to sell larger items such as rugs, furniture, and art. “I love seeing people’s reactions as they explore the fine and decorative arts I collect and answering their questions about a piece’s origin or helping to find that perfect gift,” he says.
Every piece in the shop is laid out with precision, and you can find a variety of oil paintings, pottery, lamps and antique fixtures, serving pieces, seasonal gifts, paperweights, and jewelry made with African trade beads and rare coral. There are also items local to Rhode Island and New England such as paintings of the sea.
There is always something new to find at the shop and its inventory changes with the seasons. “I strongly believe interior space should be an extension of what’s going on outside: if there’s snow on the ground, I want snowscapes on the walls,” says Haus.
51 Broad Street, Warren • 401-903-2005