Susan Dickenson -- Home Accents Today, December 8, 2011
Kardashian Khaos at The Mirage, Chris Burch's C. Wonder, Norris in Naples, Megan Winters and more
New York - Chris Burch opened C. Wonder in a 7,200- sq.-ft. space at 27 Spring St. in SoHo. Burch, former husband of fashion designer Tory Burch, plans to open three more C. Wonder stores this year, and as many as 20 locations in 2012. Burch's shop offers clothing, dinnerware, accessories, gifts and home décor.
New Canaan, Conn. - Megan Freyer and Margaret Schwartz are the new owners of home décor shop The Summer House, formerly owned by Tyler Taylor. The store has relocated to 32 Forest St.
Scottsdale, Ariz. - Nambe opened at 15257 N. Scottsdale Road, selling barware, dinnerware, flatware and modern home décor. Catherine Crandall opened Abode Fine Living at 15505 N. Scottsdale Road. Abode sells home-décor, accessories, lighting, gifts and furniture.
Rockville, Md. - A new 62,000-sq.-ft. Bob's Discount Furniture opened here Nov. 10, the third new Bob's in the D.C. metro area in six months. The Rockville store is the company's largest to date, with retail and clearance centers. It is expected to create about 100 jobs. With the new store, the company will have 43 stores in New England and the Eastern United States. At the grand opening, the retailer presented checks totaling $20,000 to 12 local schools as part of its Outreach program.
Lake Forest, Ill. - Megan Winters Atelier and Maison celebrated its grand opening Oct. 28 at 675 Lake Forest. Winters creates haute couture for the home using color, sophisticated interiors and furnishings.
High Point, N.C. - Gates on Ward, an antique mall and home furnishings outlet, reopened with a new name under new ownership and management, according to the Greensboro News & Record. Renamed the Gates Design Center, the business is located in the former Henredon furniture complex on Ward Ave., houses multiple vendors, and will have more of a design focus.
Towson, Md. - West Elm opened a pop-up shop, the brand's second, in Towson Town Center Nov. 10. In addition to furniture and accessories, the assortment includes gifts and entertaining pieces, and features collaborations with Egg Press on holiday dinnerware, an exclusive knife collection from the Schmidt Brothers, and a five-piece furniture collection designed by Paul Loebach.
Miami - South Florida retailer City Furniture launched a $17.5 million expansion program to construct or renovate five stores from Miami to West Palm Beach. The expansion program calls for three store openings during 2012 and will create work for several hundred construction workers. Each store in the expansion is being designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The retailer currently operates 14 City Furniture and nine Ashley Furniture Home- Store locations in Southeast and Southwest Florida. Growing "smarter and greener" as it reconfigures its network, the company has increased sales this year despite closing three stores in late 2010.
Clawson, Mich. - The owners of retailer Leon & Lulu purchased a former movie house next door to their existing store and plan to transform it into a 7,800-sq.-ft. showroom and café, possibly under a different name. The Clawson Theater was built in 1941 but hasn't shown a film since about 1962, said the retailer. The building has since been used as a warehouse and café, among other things, but most recently has been vacant. Mary Liz Curtin, who co-owns Leon & Lulu with her husband Stephen Scannell, said the company will explore new offerings for the space - possibly outdoor furniture and special purchases. They expect to invest close to $1 million in the restoration work, and plan to open next spring. Furniture, bedding and accessories sales account for roughly 40% to 50% of Leon & Lulu's business, Curtin said. Key furniture suppliers include Four Hands, Rowe and its Robin Bruce division, Cisco Bros., Paladin and Global Views.
New York - Marimekko's flagship store opened to the public Oct. 6 in Manhattan's Flatiron District. The new store was designed as an experiencerich meeting place in which Marimekko's varied colors and designs lead the customer from one inspiring mood to the next. It will act as a showcase for new products in particular, embracing all collections. "The flagship will support our online store, which opened in the summer, and our large-scale U.S. cooperation with Crate & Barrel," said President and CEO Mika Ihamuotila. "At the moment, there are already six Marimekko stores inside Crate and Barrel home furnishings stores, with the intention to open 17 more."
Mooresville, N.C. - Merinos Home Furnishings plans to more than double its three acres of showroom space in the former Burlington Mills complex this year, developer Michael Bay told the Charlotte Observer last month. The store opened earlier this year in an old mill building Bay renovated at 500 S. Main St. Merinos sells furniture, mattresses and area rugs and will add more brands and categories, including home accessories and botanicals, in the new space.
Richmond, Va. - Ten Thousand Villages is opening its second Richmond-area location this month, next to LaDifference home furnishings' location in Shockoe Slip.
Elmsford, N.Y. - Two's Company, a family-owned wholesale distributor of gifts and décorative accessories, opened its first retail concept store Oct. 15, at 68 Greenwich Ave. in the heart of the Greenwich, Conn. shopping district. Similar to the flagship wholesale showroom at 7 West 34th St., the new store showcases a selection of gifts, home accents, fashion accessories and wall décor from the company's four brands - Two's Company, Tozai Home, Cupcakes and Cartwheels and 2 Chic.
"We are excited to bring our unique, innovative products to this great shopping district, said Tom Gottlieb, president of Two's Company. "Two's Company has worked diligently to create an environment that places a premium on style, comfort and the interests of our clientele. We believe our fashion-forward collections will be a welcome addition to the current offerings in the preeminent shopping district of Greenwich."
Tom Zimmerman, vice president of sales and marketing, said, "I feel the concept store will allow Two's Company to better understand the challenges and rigors that our retail partners face in today's economic environment and gives us the opportunity to test new products and collections. We expect to gain insight on what affects our business paradigm has on our own retailers."
Boston - Restoration Hardware has signed a lease on an historic building at 234 Berkeley St. The 40,000-sq.-ft. structure, built in 1863, was once home to the New England Museum of Natural History and the Louis Boston clothing store.
Fredericksburg, Va. - Plow & Hearth opened an outlet store at 3801 Plank Road. The Madison County-based company sells products for the home, yard and garden, and is in the process of expanding its catalog operation into more bricks-andmortar sites. The new store, at 8,200 square feet, is the company's eleventh. Other locations are in Virginia, North Carolina and Maryland.
Dallas - JC Penney opened a new concept store in Dallas at the TimberCreek Crossing shopping center Sept. 30. The 105,000-sq.-ft. store will offer custom décorating services for the home, a portraits studio, salon and in-store Sephora beauty boutique. The Dallas store is designed to achieve energy savings of 50% or more.
Savannah, Ga. - Home décor retailer Kirkland's opened a 7,011-sq.-ft. store in Oglethorpe Mall. Kirkland's plans to open three more locations in the state, all in the Atlanta area, this fall.
Menomonee Falls, Wis. - In September, Kohl's opened 30 new department stores in 20 states: Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Wyoming. All of the new stores feature innovative store designs and new enhancements to increase comfort and convenience for shoppers, according to a company release. Eighteen of the stores have been built to LEED guidelines.
Las Vegas - Kardashian Khaos, a lifestyle boutique, softopened at The Mirage this month. The 1,100-sq.-ft. shop offers gifts, accessories and souvenirs designed by the Kardashian sisters. A décorative focal point is a custom chandelier created by California-based Trend Lighting. From Trend's Pantages chandelier series, the fixture is 48 inches in diameter and made of hundreds of individual braided glass arms attached to a polished chrome frame with hand-woven metal strips. The store's grand opening is Dec. 1. The Kardashians recently filed documents with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to use the name "Kardashian Kollection Home" on items ranging from soft goods and candlesticks to flatware and window blinds, according to a report by TMZ.
Norris Home Furnishings
Naples, Fla. - Norris Home Furnishings' owner Larry Norris announced the opening of his newest showroom, at 5015 Tamiami Trail North. In the last 18 months, Norris also opened showrooms in Fort Myers, at 14125 S. Tamiami Trail, and Sanibel, at 1025 Periwinkle Way. The company offers interior and outdoor furnishings, accessories and window/ wall treatments.
The 15,000-sq.-ft. store is the brand's first in Washington and features a number of unique design details including a living wall and an art installation designed specifically for the location by Seattle-based artist Justin R. Lytle.
West Elm worked closely with interiors and home furnishings designer Thomas O'Brien of Aero Studios to create an open, inviting and entertaining shopping experience at the Seattle store, which features a Design Lab where customers and associates can collaborate on space planning and decorating projects. Like other West Elm stores, the Seattle location is designed using green materials and includes low-energy lighting, low-VOC paints and reclaimed hardwood floors.
To celebrate the store opening, West Elm hosted a party benefiting the nearby Cornish College of the Arts. The store is West Elm's 36th retail location.
Zouk Los Angeles
Los Angeles - Jenny Best and Katharina Tagliaferro opened Zouk Los Angeles at 1311 Montana Ave. Zouk offers home décor from around the world, hand-selected by Best and Tagliaferro, who are sisters. A percentage of each sale goes to one of five charities, as designated by the shopper: Doctors Without Borders, AmFAR, World FoodProgram, The Human Society or Ocean Park Community Center.