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Taracea expanding High Point Market showroom

Heath E. Combs, Staff Staff -- Furniture Today, March 8, 2013

HIGH POINT — High-end case goods manufacturer Taracea is expanding its showroom here in the historic Radio Building for the April market.

Taracea opened a 5,000-square-foot showroom at the fall High Point Market in the lobby of the former Commercial National Bank. It has added 15,000 square feet the building's lower level and now also occupies the second floor.

"We are thrilled to present our product lines in one of the most exciting spaces at the show, where we have been able to express our creativity and passion to the fullest," said Javier Palacios, managing director, in a press release. "It has been an exciting journey for us to preserve and at the same time to give new life to one of the city's historic buildings at the heart of the market."

The second floor display furniture products from Taracea collections and original artwork by Taracea founder Javier Suárez "Serrucho" and large scale art from artist Maria Teresa Suárez.

Floors on the showroom's mezzanine level will feature hand painting with walls covered in reclaimed wood from Taracea-owned forests.

The building's basement also will be converted into a gallery for Taracea's Selva Maya collection with items including a table crafted from a 16-foot wood slab and oversized wood sculptures.

A ribbon-cutting is planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at 2p.m., with a reception to follow. The spring market runs April 20-25.

The Radio Building, at 164 S. Main St., is the former location of the Commercial National Bank. One of its notable features is a solid steel bank vault weighing 24 tons.

The renaissance revival style building was designed in the early 1920s by architect Charles C. Hartmann. Today, the building is operated Lambeth Enterprises.

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