Adorning another person’s new dwelling comes naturally to Christy Brant and Caitlin Marsh.
And after the mother-daughter duo moved their furnishings and decor enterprise from the Wellshire neighborhood to Greenwood Village, it was their flip to embellish their very own new dwelling.
The house owners of Lulu’s Furnishings and Decor plan to open their new 4,200-square-foot area on July 8 at 5910 S. College Blvd. within the Cherry Hills Market.
“It’s been an unsettling 12 months, so we’re excited to lastly open up our doorways once more,” Brant mentioned. “Having a retailer is like internet hosting your personal social gathering every single day.”
Lulu’s provides in-house design companies and sells classic finds, customized upholstery and furnishings, artwork, jewellery, lighting and rugs. It sells upholstery manufacturers equivalent to Norwalk, Rowe and CR Laine, and furnishings manufacturers equivalent to Noir and Arteriors.
The brand new, bigger Lulu’s store provides more room for a showcased material wall, the place individuals can customise upholstery for furnishings items within the retailer.
Brant initially opened the furnishings retailer in a strip mall at 2553 S. Colorado Blvd. in 2007.
“I grew up within the furnishings enterprise,” Brant mentioned. “My dad was a furnishings salesman, and so was my brother, brother-in-laws, and uncles. I imply, there’s like 30 individuals within the enterprise within the household, and my sister had opened a retailer along with her daughter in California. So I used to be all the time like worst case, I’ll open the shop. And I couldn’t discover a job, so I signed the lease on my fiftieth birthday.”
“She opened it in the course of the recession by herself, and the truth that she’s survived ever since is fairly wonderful,” mentioned Marsh, who joined the enterprise in 2010.
Lulu’s has moved round a bit since its first spot. The enterprise spent 9 years at 2050 W. thirtieth Ave. in LoHi, earlier than transferring in 2018 into 2,600 sq. ft on the nook of College Boulevard and Hampden Avenue in Wellshire.
The pair mentioned they acquired a brand new landlord when COVID hit, and taxes went up, so that they determined to start out taking a look at different choices.
They closed the shop in February after understanding a take care of the owner, and within the meantime opened up a small interim location at 1071 S. Gaylord St. in Wash Park.
The corporate additionally leases a 2,000-square-foot warehouse close to the I-25/Alameda Avenue interchange, the place they retailer stock.
Gross sales have been robust over the previous 12 months, since they’ve been closed half time because of the transfer and the pandemic, the pair mentioned.
There’s additionally a nationwide furnishings scarcity because of congested transport ports, staffing shortages in factories, and the Texas deep freeze in February that has since delayed chemical crops that present needed parts to make foam.
“Our greatest-selling chairs aren’t out there till February, so the toughest half is making an attempt to persuade those that it’s definitely worth the wait,” Brant mentioned. “Though we would like individuals to have the ability to promote issues on the ground, we simply can’t.”
However Brant and Marsh are hopeful that the brand new Greenwood Village location will assist carry again a way of normalcy.
“We felt like extra of our clients on the different store had been coming from this space, so it made sense to go the place the individuals are that like us,” Brant mentioned. “And this can be a nice buying middle as a result of you have got a very good mixture of every part, like Dealer Joe’s and all of the eating places.”