New store has grand designs
AFTER two years of selling their unique timber and concrete furniture pieces from market stalls Bespoke Designer Living has opened its first retail store.
The 53sq m store on Charters Towers Rd next to Rippin’s News opened about two weeks ago.
Jodie Arnold, who owns the business with her carpenter husband Reece, said they felt it was time to open a store after becoming tired of working out of their home.
“Now that we have the space I can meet with builders here and things like that,” she said.
“We figured that having a retail space would give me a space to work out of and people would feel much more comfortable to come here rather than at home.
“When we were looking for a retail space we found it really hard because of this cost but then this one showed up, I inquired and everything just fell into place.”
Ms Arnold and her husband make everything themselves ranging from small decor pieces like concrete candles to side tables, coffee tables, bathroom vanities and they also make custom pieces.
The business was born after the couple searched desperately for pieces to furnish their own home and were left disappointed by what was on offer.
“We would be looking at bedsides and things like that and just the cost of them compared to what they were... it took us 12 months to find something and in the end we made it ourselves,” Mrs Arnold said.
“My husband taught me how to pour the concrete and he does all the timber work.”
Ray White Commercial agent Troy Townsend leased the property and said Charters Towers Rd was always popular.
“The building has recently changed hands and the new owner spent about $ 40,000 putting new glass shop fronts in,” he said.
“We’ve only got one tenancy left in that building now.”