AVON LAKE, Ohio — Avon Lake is changing into identified for the constant opening of many small companies that appear to discover a good residence within the metropolis. The ribbon-cutting ceremonies have turn out to be an everyday occasion.
However an uncommon one occurred on Friday (Oct. 23). Two companies — and two associates — shared a red-ribbon opening, in addition to sharing area.
Proprietor Chris Rodriguez has opened Maison. Designs by C. Marie, which presents furnishings and residential décor. The second enterprise, Antica Fashionable, owned by Anette Sullivan, is all about paints for use to refinish furnishings and different gadgets.
Mayor Greg Zilka participated with the 2 girls in reducing the pink ribbon, saying: “We’re doing a double ribbon reducing right here at this time. They’re sharing the constructing they usually have lots of attention-grabbing issues to supply in design and adorning.”
Robert Waddell, proprietor of Avon Lake Plumbing subsequent door and proprietor of the constructing the ladies are leasing, stated, “I want Chris and Anette the most effective of luck.”
Sullivan spoke of her pleasure in opening her second location. Her first retailer is in Lakewood.
“We’re so thrilled to be part of this neighborhood,” Sullivan stated. “We do lots of furnishings renovation. As well as, we are able to train you easy methods to paint varied parts in your house décor.”
She famous an vital characteristic of her paints — they don’t produce fumes, to allow them to be used indoors.
Rodriguez expressed due to the Metropolis of Avon Lake for welcoming the companies. She additionally thanked Waddell, who, she stated, helped them get arrange, in addition to household and associates.
“We wish to have one thing right here for folks to return in and see one thing completely different,” she stated.
A tour of the 2 small retailers revealed creative gadgets in addition to prospects the entrepreneurs can supply to prospects. Sullivan famous that prospects can carry their very own gadgets in for renovation as properly.
Rodriguez confirmed pretty transfers for home windows and talked of the benefit of use in paints at this time. On beginning up her enterprise, her philosophy is a straightforward but highly effective one: “Something you do is a danger, and also you don’t know if you happen to don’t attempt. And taking a danger is healthier than sitting at residence.”
Opening companies in the most effective of occasions isn’t simple. However opening within the midst of a pandemic cried out for an evidence.
Sullivan stated it has been tough, however her entrepreneurial spirit gained out. She stated her web site stored her going in the course of the stay-at-home spring, and he or she expanded providers for shoppers, elevated promoting and lowered her costs.
“Don’t quit,” she stated. “Keep aggressive and simply pivot.”
The 2 companies are positioned at 186 Lear Highway in Avon Lake. Contact Maison at 216-925-3005 and Antica Fashionable at 440-554-6041.
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