New store, new era

Heer fam­ily marks 60 years in dé­cor busi­ness with new re­tail ven­ture and ex­panded role for fourth gen­er­a­tion

Grand Magazine - - FEATURE - By Deirdre Healey

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.

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