B4 It was Cool is known mostly for their collection of early to mid-20th century lighting, and the store is packed not only with amazing floor and ceiling lights, but also other unique industrial objects – drafting stools, chairs, various appliances, and scientific models and tools. All of the pieces are original and American.
Owner Gadi Gilan has been scouring flea markets and old factories for iron, brass, and copper light fixtures since he opened the store in 1987. Vintage industrial furniture is also available; stools from the Toledo Metal Company are one of B4 It was Cools specialties.
B4 It Was Cool
89 E. Houston Street – www.b4itwascool.com