Michael Connors has had several careers.
The Staples High School football player did not go to college. Instead, after graduating in 1999 he traded commodities, helped run Juba’s coffee shop, and got involved in skincare. Eleven years ago, he started an excavation constructing firm.
He began selling his own equipment online. Then he sold lamps, and a dining room table.
The process attracted him. Last May, 2 Westport women offered him a partnership with their consignment shop.
It did not work out. But he loved the space.
Six months later, with construction work slow, his phone rang. The consignment space — on Taylor Place, across from Tiffany — was available.
Which is how Connors became the new owner of a consignment boutique, known simply as Taylor Place.
He enjoys helping people who have no idea what to do with items they own (or have inherited). He loves the challenge of “seeing pieces with character and craftsmanship find new homes.”
And he appreciates the chance to meet interesting people: artists, designers, anyone who wanders in the door. “This is never boring,” Connors says.
His shop is small. So he’s selective about the pieces he chooses — furniture, home decor, lighting, art and accessories — and how he displays them. He uses his walls to display the works of one artist at a time.
As a merchant on Taylor Place, Connors can apply for a permit to use Jesup Green for events. He anticipates a show with a bounce house, antique cars — the sort of stuff that makes Westport fun.
And that can’t fit inside 24 Taylor Place, the newest venture for a man who has finally found his true calling.