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Stickley Shows Off in Charlotte

Stickley’s MissionStickley’s Mission and Coronado collections are seen in finishes that create a coastal living atmosphere in this display at the new Charlotte showroom.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Case goods and upholstery manufacturer L. & J.G. Stickley opened its second store here on Sept. 1.
     The 36,664-square-foot company-owned store is at 7215 Smith Corners Blvd., near I-77 and Harris Boulevard.
     Formerly a Boyles Furniture showroom, the store will operate under the name Stickley, Audi & Co. The Audi name represents the mother and son executive team of Aminy Audi, president and CEO, and Edward Audi, executive vice president.
     In addition to Stickley product, the showroom displays a number of other brands including Marge Carson, Ferguson Copeland, Hancock & Moore, Century, John Widdicomb, Keno Bros., Nichols & Stone, Henkel-Harris, Southwood Reproductions and Lillian August.
     It also showcases Stickley designer rugs and premium Shifman bedding as well as decorative accessories and lighting.
     The showroom staff includes designers who make house calls and offer other professional interior design services.

newest Stickley storeThe newest Stickley store, which opened Sept. 1 in Charlotte, N.C., is a 36,664-square-foot former Boyles Furniture store at 7215 Smith Corners Blvd.
The entrance to the Stickley Mission area of the new showroom features historical and biographical display panels about the 111-year-old company.
Stickley Mission
Pat McCroryAmong the participants in the ribbon cutting ceremony are Pat McCrory (in tan jacket), left, former mayor of Charlotte; Edward Audi and Aminy Audi of Stickley; James Mitchell, Charlotte City Council member, and Mark Sobiech, Stickley regional manager.
Stickley invited North Carolina artist Bob Timberlake to the opening of its Charlotte showroom. Timberlake has a licensing partnership with Century Furniture, whose products are sold in the store. From left are Alex Shuford III, Century; Aminy Audi, Stickley; Timberlake and Edward Audi, Stickley.
Stickley invited North Carolina

     "This is an exciting new chapter in the 111-year-old Stickley history, in one of the most important markets in the United States," Aminy Audi said in a statement. "Our extensive and exciting product offering and our family's and staff's commitment to providing unparalleled customer service will offer a very enjoyable and satisfying shopping experience for the residents of Charlotte. With two modern, state-of-the art furniture and design showrooms, we're better able to serve this growing area of the country. And we're pleased to introduce a new retail name that pays tribute to two families whose love for and devotion to Stickley have been intertwined since 1928."
     The store is the company's 14th retail location. The other Charlotte location is a 12,000-square-foot store that opened in 2008 in the South Park area.
     Stickley's other company stores are in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Colorado.

Thomas RussellThomas Russell | Associate Editor, FurnitureToday
trussell@furnituretoday.com

I'm Tom Russell and have worked at Furniture/Today since August 2003. Since then, I have covered the international side of the business from a logistics and sourcing standpoint. Since then, I also have visited several furniture trade shows and manufacturing plants in Asia, which has helped me gain perspective about the industry in that part of the world. As I continue covering the import side of the business, I look forward to building on that knowledge base through conversations with industry officials and future overseas plant tours. From time to time, I will file news and other industry perspectives online and, as always, welcome your response to these Web postings.

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