New store has grand de­signs

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHRISTIE AN­DER­SON

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.”

SIT­TING PRETTY: Be­spoke De­signer Liv­ing’s Jodie Arnold. Pic­ture: FIONA HARDING

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