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Wellnest expands in New YorkSustainable lifestyle boutique Wellnest is expanding within its historic location to offer more home products.
Columbus, Ohio — Twig Garden & Home opened Dec. 5 at 495 S. Main St. in Historic German Village. The home decor and gift shop also offers interior and floral design services. The owner is Jason Mangum.

Sterling, Colo. — Carol's Furniture and Sleep Shop moved to a new 15,000-sq.-ft. location at 322 Poplar in Sterling. The store carries furniture, accessories and mattresses, and is a La-Z-Boy Comfort Center. Owners Lori and Jay Armstrong are also celebrating the store's 35th year of business.

Sarasota, Fla. — Carls Patio opened its 19th store, a 10,000-sq.-ft. showroom, situated among other home furnishings stores on Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. The grand opening was Nov. 17. Home Accents Today's sister publication Casual Living reported the look of the new store as "open, airy and very colorful with lots of accent pieces and accessories."

Dania Beach, Fla. — Baer's Furniture Dania Design Center celebrated its grand opening Nov. 4 with a ribbon- cutting ceremony during which Baer's presented a $16,000 check to City of Hope. The 35,000-sq.-ft. DDC offers interior and outdoor home furnishings, area rugs, fabrics, floor and wall coverings, lighting and window treatments. The DDC is located at 1025 S. Federal Highway, Dania Beach.

San Diego — Home By Baja opened in November, featuring custom-manufactured indoor and outdoor furniture, window, wall and floor coverings, along with an array of distinctive lighting. The products in the showcase were selected by the Baja California state government as good examples of quality, craftsmanship and style. The showroom is open daily at 7932 Miramar Road.

Milford, Conn. — Milford natives Tricia Izzo and Carolyn Kron opened Shelter Interiors, a design studio and store, at 50 Broad St. Shelter Interiors provides design services to homes and businesses throughout the counties of Fairfield, New Haven and Westchester, N.Y. Izzo and Kron's work has been featured in Better Homes and Gardens, New Home and At Home magazines.

Libertyville, Ill. — Leggy Bird Designs interior design and home decor shop opened at 406 N. Milwaukee Ave. The shop features vintage, repurposed, ecofriendly and local products. Principals are Carol Carani, Vicki Lidstrom, Laurie King, Danette Lemm and Kelly Murphy.

Alexandria, Va. — Richard Carroll celebrated a grand opening in the Belle View Shopping Center Nov. 14. The store offers home decor, art, jewelry and women's accessories.

Columbia, Mo. — Beverly Reid opened S. Stewart Home at 2703 E. Broadway. The store sells home accents, personal accessories and seasonal decor. Reid named the store in honor of her maternal grandmother, Sally Stewart.

Plano, Texas — Mona Crider, Julie Higginbotham and Michael Hamilton opened La Foofaraw, a highend home decor store, in a restored 19th-century building that once housed a saloon. The shop, located at 1008 E. 15th Street, also offers interior design services, custom florals, upholstery and holiday home design.

Sacramento, Calif. — The Sacramento Business Journal reported in November that lighting retailer Lumens Inc., which sells contemporary lighting, home furnishings and accessories, is expanding its headquarters to better accommodate its growing web business. Founded six years ago, Lumens leased 8,000 square feet at 2020 L Street, to be used for the corporate office and back-office support. The showroom will remain in its current space.

Greensboro, N.C. — Angie Besecker opened Eco Dwelling in the Shops at Kirkwood, at 2417-C Lawndale Drive. Besecker had previously operated her business as Dwelling in Summerfield, but doubled her space by moving to the Lawndale location. Services include environmentally friendly interior design and custom upholstery.

Omaha, Neb. — Online retailer Hayneedle Inc. recently debuted The Foundary, a members-only, daily flash sale site that offers home furnishings and accessories from established and emerging designers and brands at savings up to 70% off retail. Sales events are announced daily, typically starting at 11 a.m. EST at Each announcement includes four or more different events, offering selections of products from a variety of home living categories. Most of the sales events last three days (72 hours) or while limited supplies last.

Chicago — Christopher Guy opened a showroom at 952 Green Bay Road, Winnetka. The 9,500-sq.- ft. showroom is the result of a partnership with local entrepreneur Jim Denos, distributor for the Clive Christian brand. The goal is to make the showroom a onestop shopping concept for the luxury consumer and a haven for the local design community. The showroom is housed in an historic building dating from the 1920s, on Chicago's North Shore.

Windsor, Vt. — Simon Pearce is planning to move to a retail space not far from, and twice the size of, the 3,000-sq.-ft. store it has occupied since 1996 at 325 Greenwich Ave. In November, the CT Post reported that the glass, tabletop and home accessories company has grown to nine locations, including five manufacturing facilities, since Irish artisan Simon Pearce founded it in 1971. The company's inventory has expanded over the years to include home accents, table linens and other home products. Simon Pearce recently moved from a 2,000-sq.-ft. store in Boston to a new place within the city that has twice the square footage.

Michigan — Seventy-year-old Gorman's Home Furnishings and Interior Design announced the opening of in-store designer furniture closeout shops at its Novi, Lakeside and Southfield showrooms. Novi and Lakeside include traditional furnishings, while Southfield is contemporary. Open daily, customers will receive 40% to 75% off furniture and accessories. "Our designer closeout shops feature better buys, better values, better quality and lower prices," said Tom Lias, president and COO of Gorman's. "We receive new closeouts every week and when they are gone - they're gone. Is there a more perfect opportunity to buy designer furniture and in a convenient location?" Gorman's also operates a showroom in Troy.

Sag Harbor, N.Y. — Wellnest, a sustainable living boutique that was recently opened by Richard Ash, M.D., and Rachel Paletsky, has opened a Nesting Room on the second floor of the historic 1750s Captain's House in which the business is located. The Nesting Room showcases organic bedding and home items, as well as children's clothing and toys. Wellnest also carries sustainable wood bowls and utensils, glass bottles, environmentally friendly candles, tea sets, wooden radios, and antique and specially made furniture. Wellnest is located at 125 Main Street in Sag Harbor.

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