July 05--Christopher Ritchie has opened Smokestack Studios at 154A N. Market St., Frederick, offering home furnishings and accessories and interior design services.
n What led you to launch this business?
A lifelong passion for furniture, interior design and custom woodworking. I have more than 20 years of experience in the industry, designing for companies such as
n What is unique about it?
Our industrial-inspired furniture designs paired with vintage and retro pieces give the studio a cool, modern feel. We source items from around the world, as well as locally. We will also work with customers to find specific pieces or custom-design to fit their needs.
n What do you do that nobody else does?
Part of our business is "barn," a custom furniture line designed and built locally, made from recycled beams and building materials straight from America's homelands. We custom-design each piece to be a truly individual work of art, using only natural finishes to enhance the beautiful patinas and textures of heritage woods.
n Why do you believe you'll be successful?
Our styles and standards are a different and unique option for Frederick-area residents. We bring a fresh, new perspective to the local market, while our downtown location makes us easily accessible to foot traffic, regular customers and visitors alike.
n Tell us something specific about your business field, who your customers are or how you see a new business doing in a challenging economy.
Regardless of the real estate market, people are always looking to personalize their homes (old or new) with furnishings and accessories that speak to who they are. Whether a customer is seeking a total redesign, a standout couch or dining table, or even just a beautiful pillow or interesting lighting fixture to update a room, we can accommodate that. We also offer specialty gift items like jewelry, bags and accessories that are great for the casual downtown shopper.
154A N. Market St., Frederick
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday; Monday by appointment
Number of employees: 3