Patricia and Eddie Dente — Thomas Nash photo

Eddie and Patricia Dente are creating their American dream with the recent opening of Siempre in Fairfield.

“We are a lampshades, lighting and home accessories store,” said Peggy Dente, a Trumbull resident. However, “It’s a little different from a regular lighting store.”

She said her husband came to the United States when he was 16 years old. He worked as a waiter. He then worked at a lighting company in Stamford.

“My husband worked for a similar company and wanted to start his own,” said Dente. “We’re trying to carry unique and quality” items in their store.

“We have a lot of décor and pottery,” said Dente. “We have things to restore finishes.”

Dente said customers can bring their lighting fixtures to the store, and her husband does repairs and can restore older pieces.

Siempre has candle holders, wood pieces for the home and more. The business works with a company in Pennsylvania that creates hand-made items, such as hutches, tables and shelves.

Dente does the buying for the store. She finds many vintage items — popular for shoppers — “I keep exploring,” to find something new and different she said.

Siempre is located at 201 Commerce Drive in Fairfield, in the Master Electric Supply Building, across from Pepe’s Pizza. For more information, visit www.siempreshades.com, email siempre506@aol.com or call 203-873-0303.

Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 to 4 p.m.