Granby / Interior Decorating: Furniture Store reflects mountain community
April 1, 2008
The Furniture Store in Granby smells like new leather and polished wood, and the high walls are adorned with paintings, photographs and rustic antiques.
The customers who enter the door smile as they browse the unique items displayed about the store. Rick Goldstone, the Furniture Store’s new manager, looks their way and grins.
“It’s not like Denver, where people come in and they’re in a hurry and they know what they want. Up here, people come in and they walk around, they browse,” he said. “It’s a little more laid back.”
Goldstone knows a thing or two about the Front Range. He moved to the Shadow Mountain Lake area from Denver about two weeks ago, together with his co-worker Marianne Redding, the store’s new designer.
Goldstone and Redding are an experienced pair.
Goldstone’s family has been in the furniture business for over a century, owning five stores in western Pennsylvania and Ohio. He was manager for Lazy Boy Furniture in Denver, and also worked for American Furniture Warehouse.
Redding has been in the furniture business for 31 years, and was top designer for Lazy Boy Furniture in the state for four years running, Goldstone said. The two have been working together for eight years, and together have a combined 50 plus years of experience in the industry, Goldstone added.
“We balance each other,” Redding said of their working relationship. “He’s more of the operational mind, and I’m more the creative mind.”
Goldstone and Redding are making changes inside the shop that reflect the mountain community. They are getting away from “the eclectic look” and doing more of a traditional furniture look, Goldstone explained.
“(We’ll incorporate) room displays, so you can see things more, (but) with styles that people in the mountains are interested in,” he said.
The shop offers a full line of furniture ” for bedrooms, dining rooms and living rooms, along with rugs and wooden cabinets. It also offers complimentary design service for its customers. Redding can design plans for one room or an entire home.
“(I enjoy) creating a wonderful home environment to help keep the family comfortable and united in the house,” she said.
“It helps (us) better meet their needs, takes the guess work out of it,” Goldstone added.
Redding and Goldstone both enjoy working with people, and although most of their clientele at the Furniture Store is made up of second homeowners, they hope to cater to the local as well, Redding said. They hope to “find that balance,” she added, of catering to the second home client and the locals.
Mostly, both Redding and Goldstone want their customers to be happy, they said, and to create an environment inside the shop that reflects its full potential. They are rearranging the shop to show off its unique, western flair, and make it easier for customers to shop.
“It’s all going to change,” Goldstone said pointing out tat much of the store has changed already.
Both Redding and Goldstone are up for the challenge.
“We look forward to living in the county and supporting the community,” Goldstone said.