The stitched artwork of Susan Taylor Glasgow. Photos by Keith Borgmeyer From the sidewalk, the glass studio of artist Susan Taylor Glasgow appears to...
Aaron Dolan’s original plan was to spend his career in hospitality and event planning. When he realized his relentless energy and intense desire to create was not conducive to a desk job, he refocused his studies on architecture and interior design and eventually opened Studio Home with partner Jon Trigg in 2008.
After 10 years, Dolan and Trigg are breathing new energy into their lives and their business and looking forward to the future. This includes a brand-new store with fresh merchandise offerings and a more approachable and accessible location.
The recently opened Studio Home space at 401 S. Providence is more visible and has better access for clients. “It’s a crisper, cleaner look for our vision,” says Dolan. “And we’re introducing some lower price points to make what we do more accessible.”
The new price points include brands like Alder and Tweed, Nuevo and Selamat. “I’ve found product that I’m proud to bring in at a lower price point,” says Dolan. “It has style.”
That new product is highlighted in a showroom featuring additional windows, taller ceilings, and a more spacious layout. Clients will still recognize the deep blue accent wall and wooden beams that frame the space. In addition, white shiplap walls add a fresh look. “In each location we’ve brought something with us from our former spaces,” Dolan shares. This move is no exception.
“This environment will help us provide our clients with the more sophisticated, clean, edited look they want,” Dolan says.
Studio Home not only offers a retail showroom, but full-scale custom art framing as well as interior design services for both small and large projects.
The team is excited about the future they can create together. “As the community grows, we want to grow along with it,” Dolan says. “Jon has a lot of ideas and now we have the space to do them.”
They do admit that the challenges of growing a small, local business are increasing, especially with the availability of online shopping and many local artisans retiring.
“I’m not willing to give in to our whole world becoming generic,” Dolan says. “People need somewhere to go to get a unique find and be inspired.”
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