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McClatchy-Tribune  07/05/2014 3:46 AM ET
Smokestack Studios opens in downtown Frederick [The Frederick News-Post, Md. :: ]

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 Starbucks, Wynn Hotels, Neiman Marcus and Westin Resorts. I chose to open in Frederick because of its small community feel and its plethora of talented artists.

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.

n Contact

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


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