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Man Cave heralds hommes on the hunt

Man Cave accessories Man Cave accessories A man cave might not sound luxurious, but to the devoted denizen, it might as well have gilded ceilings and marble floors.

The Man Cave in Jupiter has neither. The campy consignment store conceived by a past, present and future “caveman” instead has a towering taxidermy buck, a handmade poker table, a vintage jukebox and the all-important leather recliner, among other testosterone-teasing things.

“We love game mounts,” said owner Paul Pugliese, referring to the authentic antlered animal. “They sell.”

The 3,000-square-foot space that speaks to the specific sex sometimes serves brewskis to browsers.

“We give them a beer out of the refrigerator, if they want,’ Mr. Pugliese said. “For the girls, a glass of wine.”

Yes, women are allowed into the sociologic showroom. They are “cavewomen.”

Paul Pugliese founded Man Cave in Jupiter Paul Pugliese founded Man Cave in Jupiter “Because of my wife, daughter and sisters, I inherit a lot of girl-cave items,” Mr. Pugliese said. “They are appreciated by the wives.”

The predominantly pink products get placement in the back of the building.

“It’s a relaxed atmosphere where someone can find a great deal,” Mr. Pugliese said. “We pride ourselves on having merchandise that is in outstanding condition.”

He works with more than 850 consigners to whom he returns 40 to 50 percent of sales. In the five years he has been open, those percentages have totaled $100,000. Inventory includes everything from bearskin rugs to massage chairs to neon signs, as well as electronics, memorabilia and sporting goods.

Designer clothing by such brands as Brooks Brothers, Giorgio Armani, Robert Graham and Tommy Bahama fills the front of the store, along with a serious selection of shoes. A $650 pair of barely used Church’s was priced at $149.

“Everything has to come in clean,” Mr. Pugliese said. “Everything has to come in immediately usable.”

Consigners range from down-sizers who finally want to part with their vinyl-record collections to lifestyle changers who have taken up fishing after tiring of golf to widows.

“The widow community is a big part of who we serve, and we’re very proud of that,” Mr. Pugliese said. “We can help make something that is hard easier.”

Retirees consign at the Man Cave, too. That is how the 71-year-old former Wall Streeter established the business. He left the investment-banking world a decade ago and began breeding Arabian horses. After his stallion Shadouza died, he started restoring cars. Both avocations left him with tons of tack and tools.

“I had all this equipment from horses and cars,” Mr. Pugliese said. “I realized that all of these consignment stores catered to women, but there were no consignment stores for men. I decided to get a shop and sell some of my stuff and see if I could make a living out if it.

“It began slow, but it picked up the pace pretty soon,” he continued. “I became the recipient of this void for an outlet for men’s anything.”

The past, present and future “caveman” said he knows what guys are going for, having had a man cave most of his adult life.

“I have years and years of experience with a man cave in my house,” Mr. Pugliese said. “I have a feel for it from listening to customers and seeing how they react.”

Whether a buyer wants to spend $3 or $13,000, a fashionable and/or functional find usually can be acquired.

“We want everyone who comes into the store go out with something,” Mr. Pugliese said. “They key is to have a variety of inventory.”

Inventory changes weekly, if not daily, at the Man Cave, attracting repeat visitors seeking to stock their sacred spots.

“Our customers are our friends,” Mr. Pugliese said. “We know them by name or certainly by face.” ¦

— Man Cave Consignment for Men, 1665 N. Old Dixie Highway, Jupiter 561- 746- 2283 or

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