Best Old-School Light Shop
Ruiz Antique Lighting
Strolling into Ruiz Antique Lighting is like stepping into a museum. Scads of breath-taking, museum-quality Art Deco chandeliers dangle from the ceiling, each painstakingly restored one a stunning example of the period that brought bold, rectilinear style into building design and home decor. Examine one of these beauts carefully and be reminded instantly of the grandest art deco building of them all, the Chrysler Building. With a proven talent for period restoration and a reputation for being able to fix just about anything light and electrical related, this family-owned lighting store, which sort of doubles as an antique whatnot shop, has been in business for 25 years. The owner and curator, many times found at the big desk toward the rear, thrusts out her hand to meet customers searching for the perfect wall sconce, light fixture, or lamp, and gives thoughtful advice to those lugging in precious heirlooms for repair. The Ruiz selection of Art Deco, Craftsman, and Victorian antiques comes from her careful years of collecting.