Wednesday, February 10, 2016

This shop has it all; no, really, every item for the bath is here

By Andrew Gross
Marisol Díaz/The Riverdale Press
Allen Fraitag takes pride in his vast stock of bathroom accoutrements and his extensive knowledge of everything from soap dispensers to high end faucets and fixtures.
Marisol Díaz/The Riverdale Press
Alan Fraitag’s shop is off the beaten path, so he tries to make sure your trip is worthwhile by stocking everything.

Do not be deceived by the name. 

The David Allen Bath Shop is more than its title.

A lot more.

It has everything, including the kitchen sink, which brothers Allen and David Fraitag will gladly sell you along with any decorative or plumbing supplies, hardware or accoutrement you might want for the perfect bathroom. 

From toilets to shower doors to medicine cabinets to rubber duckies, this is a shop that puts the word “bath” in bathroom.

The store, located at 141 McLean Ave. in Yonkers, about five minutes from the Riverdale city line, prides itself on its incredible selection of products, competitive prices, artistic and mechanical expertise and the fact that it is not a “depot.”

Allen Fraitag, who is quick to tell visitors that they are also standing in a plumbing showroom, points to a sign that defines a “depot” as a “warehouse.”

Allen handles the store and showroom while David specializes in outdoor plumbing.

Further,  this business is not a huge warehouse but a family venture offering personalized service and advice as well seemingly any bathroom item anyone could ever conceive of.

“We give personalized assistance, not like a box store. We have more of a selection because we are a specialty store. People tell me, ‘a lot of the things you have are things I’ve been looking for forever.’”

While bath soaps, wall art, shower curtains, bath robes and loofas are all there, Allen has grander ambitions.

“I want to sell a complete bathroom  to a customer who is fed up with larger, more impersonal box stores. People think we are a bath shop but we’re also a plumbing fixture store with connections to contractors. We work with customers and contractors to put together the ideal bathroom,” Allen said. “When a customer comes in, I want to know  why he or she  came in. I don’t want to help you with just one item, but everything you need.”

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