5 Questions -Select Furniture


IMG_8361Husband and wife team Maryann and David McMahon recently opened Select Furniture and Decoratives, a midcentury modern furniture store in the historical MiMo neighborhood of Miami.  The small storefront on Biscayne Blvd houses a plethora of mint condition pieces ranging from one- of-kind Scandinavian designed chairs to handmade jewelry Maryann creates herself.  Originally from New York City by way of Missouri and Connecticut the McMahon's fell in love with Miami while their daughter Maggie was attending UM. David is an established architect and interior designer.  Maryann attended FIT and worked for years in the fashion industry.  One look around the perfectly curated store and you can tell the couple have an impeccable eye for style.  David and Maryann's goal is to share their passion with fellow design lovers with the collection of items they have acquired over the span of twenty plus years. Maryann has been working to set the business up down in Florida while David wraps up client work back in New York.  The Modern Local spoke with Maryann about their new venture. Question 1: Why did you want to open your own business?

Maryann McMahon:  We opened our own store so we could follow our passion for design. It is also a nice perk to be your own boss!IMG_8359

Question 2: What is the best part about being your own boss?

MM: Being able to wear many hats in the store from setting up displays to interacting with customers.  It is also refreshing to be able to set your own hours and establish a work life balance that works for you.

Question 3: What has been your biggest challenge so far and how did you overcome it?

MM: Getting people into the shop and spreading the word about Select. We are still working to grow our audience, but its important to have help from people who care as much about your business as you do.

Question 4: What is the best piece of advice you can give to someone who wants to go out on IMG_8036their own?

MM: Patience, drive, motivation, and passion will hopefully carry you through!

IMG_8008 Question 5: What is your favorite spot in Miami?

MM: The pool at my apartment, it has the best views of the bay. I also love discovering the differences between Miami and Miami Beach, it is so diverse! Lastly, if I want to do some window shopping  and get my fashion fix... I head up to the Bal Harbour Shops.

Select Furniture & Decoratives is located at 7644 Biscayne Blvd, Miami FL. Open Tuesday-Friday (11-6 PM), Saturday (11 - 4 PM)