In the eight years since the start of Local Furniture Outlet, the cherished baby business of Mr. Aaron Masterson has grown up fast—from a 2,000-square-foot metal warehouse to four locations and more than 80,000 combined square feet of furniture. But the success didn't go to Aaron’s head. The proud father still traverses showrooms in casual flip-flops, enforcing a no-competition policy so that loyal staff members don’t feel pressured to make a quota. The stripped-down showrooms allow for lower price tags on direct-from-manufacturer brands such as Ashley, Simmons, and Crown Mark. Patrons are invited to peruse dining-room, living-room, and bedroom sets—or “kick the tires,” as Aaron puts it—without the pushy-push of larger retailers, who may use turkey legs to reward team members for sales.
The Ukraine, 1914. Sam Braslau, the son of a miller, has saved enough money to immigrate to America. When he arrives, he peddles clothing from a horse-drawn buggy to earn the money to send for his brothers. In 1925, the brothers open the first Braslau’s—a dry-goods store. In 1927, the brothers expand their scope, adding furniture to their inventory. With this decision, they ensure that their name would stay on the lips of design-minded homeowners for the rest of their lives and beyond.
Today, Braslau's Fine Home Furnishings has evolved into a 70,000-square-foot furniture showroom, where Blake Breslau continues to hone his family’s accumulated knowledge and experience in the furniture industry. Inside, customers browse desks, chairs, sofas, and dinettes from brands such as Ashley Furniture, Broyhill, Klaussner Home Furnishings, and LaCrosse. In the sleep center, mattresses from Sealy, Simmons, and Tempur-Pedic promise the perfect night’s sleep, or the perfect testing ground for amateur trampoline routines.
For the last 10 years, Andrus Fine Art Gallery’s friendly, insightful staff has helped homeowners bring style and color to their once bare walls. The wholesale art importer offers a wide selection of oil paintings, ready-made frames, and custom-framing services. The gallery leap-frogs the middle man to work directly with talented artists from around the world in order to offer well-brushed beauties at affordable prices. With thousands of paintings in stock, art lovers can choose from a variety of styles such as abstracts, Venetian, Parisian, Western, local art, famous reproductions, surrealism, and dried-macaroni sculpture (average prices start at $100 for an 8"x10", including frame). If custom framing is on your to-do list, Andrus can corral artwork up to 10 feet in length, using a variety of styles and finishes to deck any home's halls with four-sided wall furniture. Custom framing is priced per foot and depends on the size and style of molding selected.
Armoires & Accents spruces up dull spaces with its eclectic selection of home furnishings, steeped in exclusiveness and quality. Working with designers in India, Peru, and Mexico, Armoires & Accents directly imports its domicile attire, from accenting pillows, candles, and artwork to room-complementing tables and bedroom sets and wish-granting antiques. Pick up an elaborate iron candelabra ($290) for spooky, yet stylish poetry readings, or take a seat on a woven Ana Waterhyacinth chair ($178). The Indian Biedermeier side table ($280) provides a glamorous home for lamps, keys, and other traditional pocket contents, and the Abu urn ($159) makes a chic housewarming gift or statement piece.
B&M Mattress Company has handcrafted customized beds tailored to sleepers' unique specifications for more than 75 years. Sets for antique beds, RVs and boats, and custom-shaped frames can be assembled at B&M's factory in five to seven business days, eliminating excess retail markups and fulfilling your dream of sleeping on a mattress shaped like a thumb's-up. A B&M Natural Latex Mattress mattress ($1,169+) provides orthopedic support, and a B&M Posturest innerspring mattress ($799+) procures similar skeletal support by responding to body motion and adjusting with proper reinforcement. Modifiable features including foam thickness, mattress height, and firmness ensure the most personalized sleep experience outside of spooning with your clone.
Ethan Allen is your one-stop shopping resource for home furnishings and interior design. We offer a range of styles from contemporary to traditional and everything in between. Take advantage of our complimentary design service including in-home visits. Our design consultants can help you put the entire room together!