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STORE OPENINGS: TK Home and Garden celebrates grand opening over Labor Day; Random, SoBo Design Loft, Artichoke, Nest and more

TK Home and GardenHudson, N.Y. -- TK Home and Garden opened at 441 Warren St. Owners Tessy Keller and Jay Neuschatz said the Labor Day weekend opening exceeded expectations. "Thanks to holiday street traffic, fabulous weather and great pre-opening word of mouth, we were left very encouraged after three days and more sales than anticipated," the owners said. "Although we had only received about 60% of the merchandise we purchased for the store, enough stock was in place to give the space a finished feel." TK Home and Garden features new and antique/vintage home furnishings. An art gallery on the second floor showcases works by local artists.
     Dallas - Random relocated from Inwood Village, where it has operated for five years, to Lakewood, the neighborhood where owners Mark and Shelley Hearne have lived for the past 25 years. "We are now located in the Hillside Village Center and are very excited to be a part of our dynamic neighborhood community," Mark Hearne said. Random's new address is 6465 East Mockingbird Lane, #366.

     Baltimore - SoBo Design Loft opened this month at 20 W. Cross Street in Federal Hill. Fanny Zigdon is the founder and interior designer of the appointment-only furniture/art gallery and design consultancy. SoBo is Maryland's exclusive purveyor of the Adriana Hoyos Collection of furnishings and artist/art designer Alex Turco pieces. "Federal Hill is the perfect place in Baltimore for the launch of my new interior design business," Zigdon said. "It has a great vibe - young enough to embrace something edgy, refined enough to appreciate timeless design." Zigdon recently volunteered as a design assistant to the producers for the Extreme Home Makeover Baltimore Edition which aired Sept. 26 on ABC.

     Thomasville, N.C. - Artichoke, a full-service interior design firm owned by Kathryn Jasperse, opened at 26 W. Main St. The shop carries accessories including lamps, vases, permanent botanicals, mirrors, wall decor, pottery, tableware and candleholders. The business is also a to-the-trade showroom for Frederick Stevens, Greensboro-based manufacturer of high-end, handcrafted solid walnut, mahogany, cherry and tiger maple furniture, previously known as Benbow Reproductions. Jasperse's shop also offers home staging services and window treatments.

     Dallas - Nest is moving from Snider Plaza to a new 5,000-sq.-ft. location in the Knox-Henderson neighborhood. Nest sells home decor and gifts and will expand its product lines in the new location to include artisan-made goods, furniture and jewelry. The shop opens at 4524 McKinney Ave. in mid-October.

     Seattle - Click! Design That Fits is moving to a larger location, in West Seattle Junction at 4540 California S.W. The shop stocks contemporary home accents, accessories, gifts and jewelry. Aiken, S.C. - Former New Yorker Jane Hottensen is opening Folly, a new home furnishings and accessories store in downtown Aiken. Folly is a blend of antique and new products, including china, table linens, artwork, lighting fixtures and decorative accessories. The store is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

     Burien, Wash. - Statements Home Decor opened in May. The shop, at 917 SW 152nd St., offers distinctive furnishings and gifts, including Sid Dickens Memory Block Tiles and Napa Firelights.

     Carrboro, N.C. - Modern Fossil held a grand opening in August at 103 W. Weaver St. Owned by Elizabeth Wilkes, Modern Fossil sells furniture, accessories, textiles, clothing and jewelry.

     Charleston, W.Va. - K&K Home Furnishings opened in a 3,500-sq.-ft. space at Charleston Town Center Oct. 1. The shop carries more than 5,000 different products including holiday and Christmas decor. Manager is Bill Givens.

     Fort Wayne, Ind. - Drek's Home Furnishings and Fabric Works is relocating to Covington Plaza where it will operate as ‘S Wonderful Interiors, selling home furnishings and accessories. Owners Terry Bartholomew and Dennis Floyd also have a downtown Roanoke location. The store is expected to complete its move into its new 10,200-sq.-ft. store by the end of October.

     Columbus, Ga. - Haverty Furniture Companies celebrated the opening of its newest showroom on Oct. 7, at 5555 Whittlesey Blvd. in the Columbus Park Crossing shopping center. The new showroom is the chain's15th in the state of Georgia. Havertys was founded in 1885 in Atlanta and currently operates more than 100 furniture showrooms in 17 states.

     Stockholm, Sweden - Ikea launched a second-hand online sales site in Sweden Aug. 28. Peter Agnefäll, CEO of Ikea Sweden, told the Swedish Ekonomi that the project aligns with Ikea's environmental initiatives. Agnefall said that sales of used products will increase over time but he anticipates no adverse effects on Ikea's sales of new products. William Lee Adams, writing for Time, said the move paves the way for similar exchanges in Ikea's foreign outlets and that it is "a continuation of last year's naming conflict with retailer Iloveikea.se, a website devoted to used Ikea goods." Following a court order, that site moved to billyandfriends. se. The Local reported that the sales site launched in a section of Swedish online classified ad site Blocket, and that Ikea is "not against launching similar sites in other countries in the future."

     Austin, Texas - Star Furniture opened a new 75,000-sq.-ft. showroom in North Austin on Sept. 16. The new store sells furniture and accessories, and is located at 14051 I-35 North between Parmer Lane and Howard Lane. The showroom incorporates modern display techniques, natural light, is arranged in lifestyle areas and includes a design center.

     Kirkwood, Mo. - Home furnishings and clothing retailer Clay & Cotton has opened its third store, at 157 W. Argonne Road. The store occupies space in a circa 1878 building that was recently placed on the National Historic Register.

Susan DickensonSusan Dickenson | Editor in Chief

Susan Dickenson is the editor in chief of Home Accents Today, where she has spent more than a decade covering trending topics, best practices and news items pertaining to the manufacturing, retail and interior design segments of the home furnishings industry. A graduate of UNC, Dickenson spent 15 years in the Washington, D.C., area, writing and researching in both the public and private sector. After relocating to her native North Carolina in 2003, she freelanced as a writer of general interest, business, garden and home items for local and national publications before joining Home Accents Today in 2006 as retail editor.

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