New store, new era
Heer family marks 60 years in décor business with new retail venture and expanded role for fourth generation
IT’S QUITE POSSIBLE Michelle Heer Maue and her daughter Taylor Maue’s love of interior design is rooted in their DNA.
The mother-daughter duo recently opened a Kitchener home-furnishing and design business, Studio 428 Design & Décor, but they are no strangers to home decorating.
In fact, they come from a family of décor enthusiasts starting with Michelle’s grandfather, Clarence Heer, who established Heer’s Paint & Décor 60 years ago.
Today, the business, owned by Michelle’s father Robert, has grown to four stores — two in Kitchener, one in Waterloo and one in Guelph. Studio 428, the most recent addition, opened in November next door to the family’s flagship store on Gage Avenue in Kitchener.
“It has always been my goal to open up a design and décor store,” says Michelle, who stepped into the role as general manager of Heer’s Paint & Décor last year. “It’s what I have always been passionate about. It’s also the aspect of the business that Taylor really loves so we decided to make the new store a partnership.”
Michelle, and later Taylor, grew up surrounded by the world of high quality paint and wallpaper. Michelle spent many childhood days at the original store on Belmont Street in Kitchener. >>
Robert Heer, owner of Heer’s Paint & Décor, stops by Studio 428 Design & Décor, which is run by his daughter Michelle Heer Maue and granddaughter Taylor Maue. Michelle is also the company’s general manager.