By Stephanie Lipcius Palko
Last Friday evening, Brookbend Interiors was ready for First Friday and for the Elkton Little League Parade in downtown Elkton.
There were several furniture items displayed outside, including a chalkboard with a message welcoming Little League families. Inside of Brookbend, people were able to explore decorating treasures both on their main floor plus a new display area that has just opened in a spacious downstairs area of the shop.
“We opened this about three weeks ago,” said shop proprietor Steven Jennings, of the new display area.
The need for more space was becoming critical, added shop proprietor John Palmer.
“It was getting too cluttered, we were getting too much on this level,” Palmer said, joking that customers had to take “three laps around the shop just to see everything.”
Brookbend Interiors has added more items as they continue to expand their business. The shop offers many items for people to add to their home decor and Palmer and Jennings offer their interior design expertise to help people create the atmosphere they want within their homes. Brookbend is also serving as staging consultants for people who are selling their homes. They will arrange furniture in the home in the best way to let potential buyers see all of the assets and possibilities of the home.
“We can stage with the furniture people have already,” Palmer said.
Additionally, Brookbend Interiors takes furniture on consignment and they will go into homes to help people determine the value of items and sell items left in estates.
In the new display area of Brookbend is a sizable collection of dark glassware known as Prussian glass and is part of an estate, Palmer said.
Brookbend creates architectural details for homes, as well.
“The barn doors are a big hit item for us,” Palmer said.
This spring, Brookbend Interiors will begin to offer a periodic sale behind the store.
“We’re hoping to offer a Marketplace out back,” Palmer said. “It will be an upscale flea market.”
He explained that they will handpick dealers and craftspeople to offer their collectibles and art during an event that will probably be held every other weekend.
Buildings on the creekside of Elkton’s Main Street are unique in that there is plenty of room for not just one, but two basement levels that are unseen from the Main Street level, but enjoy access from the creekside of the building. In the Brookbend building, the opening of a downstairs area does not take up needed shop and storage areas. Beneath the new sales area, the shop owners still have a lower level for their workshop and outside is space for the proposed Marketplace.
The shop owners are also looking into adding some special events such as wine tasting or even beer tasting from the newly-established local brewers.
“We’re going to launch an online store,” Palmer said.
As their business grows, the owners of Brookbend Interiors are beginning to offer special discount days and days when a portion of sales will go to a local nonprofit organization.
“That’s really a good feeling…it’s nice that we’re now able to give back,” Jennings said.
Brookbend Interiors is located at 116 East Main Street in downtown Elkton.