Ariane Krenichyn & Amanda DeFisher – Abode
289 Gregory Street
Opened: April 2, 2014
Abode offers a carefully edited collection of vintage furniture, home decor, gifts and other goodness.
Hours: Wednesday -Friday Noon to 6 PM, Saturday 11 AM to 5 PM, Sunday Noon to 5 PM
1) What’s in your fridge right now? Amanda DeFisher: Cold brew and avocados; I live on iced coffee
and guacamole. Ariane Krenichyn: At the shop we always have a bottle of prosecco chilling, and a jar
of rillette from the Little Bleu Cheese Shop (that stuff could make cardboard edible!)
2) What book is in your bathroom? AD: A vintage joke book from the 1940’s; but it serves as decoration,
stacked with geodes and air-plants. AK: Ew, gross! I actually don’t have any books in my bathroom. I
use my phone, just like everyone else.
3) What album/CD can you listen to over and over? AD: Nighthawks at the Diner by Tom Waits; it rarely
leaves my turntable. AK: NPR. I am a musical Luddite.
4) What song/artist are you ashamed to admit you love? AD: No shame here! You should never be
ashamed of something you love (music, or otherwise!) AK: The only album I have purchased in the last
8 years is Taylor Swift’s 1989, and I can’t stop listening to it. Loudly, and on repeat.
5) What is your must-see TV show? AD: My insomnia has been at an all-time high, so I’m usually up
watching Antiques Roadshow or Bob’s Burgers on Netflix at 3 AM. AK: We’re both heavily addicted to
watching, and re-watching, The Office. Sometimes we’ll just have it on in the background when we’re
re-setting the shop floor. “Bears, Beets, Battlestar Galactica.”
6) What is your least favorite sound? AD: Anything repetitive, like pen clicking or foot tapping. AK: I
hate the noise of someone chewing cereal so much that I can’t even stand to hear myself do it.
7) If you could pick any person, alive or dead, to have dinner with, whom would it be and what would
you eat? AD: This one is a bit of a downer, but it would be with my Aunt Tracy. She died in a skiing
accident at the young age of 27 (I was only 13 at the time), so I have missed out on her older-sister-like
wisdom. She was a teacher, kind woman, and my hero. I would eat both of your shoes for dinner, if it
meant seeing her again. AK: I would definitely have dinner with Oscar Wilde. We’d laugh and gossip
and snark while we drank sparkling wine and barely pick at plates of French cheeses and cured
meats. I’d secretly stuff my face if he left the room, though.
8) What terrifies you? AD: Drowning, which really conflicts with my love of surfing! AK: It would be
shorter for me to list you the things I’m not afraid of, but ghosts are a big front-runner.
SWQ asks ariane & amanda
9) What food do you avoid? AD: I am gluten free, which helps with my migraines (seriously, it has been
a life-saver!) But sometimes the gluten sneaks up on me – recently a really lovely customer came in
with a loaf of bread from Dragon Sweetie, and after I commented on how good it smelled, she ripped
off a big chunk for me to try (definitely worth it!) AK: Cilantro is a horrible weed that needs to be
10) If you could pick any place in the universe to travel to, where would it be? AD: When I was a kid, I
wanted to be an Egyptologist; so Egypt is high on my list! AK: I’ve had a jonesing for Nicaragua for the
past few years, but there are few trips I would turn down.
11) What is your favorite word? AD: Amazing! – I credit/blame Ariane for that one; she says it all the
time, and now I do too. AK: It changes depending on the day – I’m pretty fond of any stupid slang I’m too
old to be saying.
12) What is your favorite curse word? AD: When you own a business that requires moving heavy furniture,
your curse word library is vast (sorry mom!) AK: If you’ve ever been in our shop, you know we
don’t play favorites. They’re all displayed pretty prominently.
13) What profession would you not like to do? AD: I can dead-lift a love seat, but thanks to the world’s
weakest stomach, I could never hack it as a medical professional. Just thinking about it is making me
a little woozy actually… AK: Anything in project management. I’m a big-picture kind of gal.