Michael “Pop” Catalano endured the perils of World War II and came home to his wife, Marie and their first baby boy, Sandy. Brooklyn was the furniture capital of the Northeast, so it was there that Pop’s legacy started with the opening of the Lincoln Upholstery shop.
Pop employed local 76 upholsterers and designed high-end Italian and French provincial furniture for luxury furniture stores and decorators in Brooklyn, Queen, Staten Island and Manhattan. The New York tri-state area was the mecca for furniture makers, and the Catalano name became synonymous with upholstery craftsmanship.
With the decade of the 60’s emerged the coming of North Carolina and the out-of-town manufacturers. The furniture standards were not as great, but the prices were more affordable and the consumers flooded furniture stores settling for less quality. This became the end of an era.
Brooklyn furniture makers were closing up and retailers were starting to spring up. These Stores: Gimbels, A&S, Flint and Horner, W.J. Sloane’s, King’s Furniture and Smithtown Colonial Shop to name a few, caused the small manufacturers to close up or retire.
It became the perfect time to change gears. Pop’s sons Sandy and Jimmy were ready to expand and broaden their services. Hence a move to 101 Main Street in Mineola, and the beginning of a new era in Nassau County NY: reupholstery and slipcovers, along with antique restoration and refinishing.