Bungalow Home and Garden opened a year ago in the Short North (originally known as “Inside”) and they’re already expanding. Store owners Julie Butler and Paige Langdale are opening a second location this month in Powell, with a location in New Albany following in December.
We recently spoke with Paige to find out more about these two new locations and what is in store for their grand openings.
Q: For those unfamiliar, can you tell us a little about your background and the origin of Bungalow?
A: Julie and I have been friends for many years. We have had a passion for design and a love of beautiful spaces. We have both owned businesses in the past and always talked about opening a store together. The timing came together late last year with the opening of the Short North store at 940 North High Street. Here we are a year later, opening two more locations – Powell next week and New Albany in mid-December – and an online launch early next year.
Q: I take it that means the Short North location has been doing pretty well?
A: Our business plan from the beginning was to have three locations and an online presence. We didn’t expect it to happen this fast, but the opportunity arose and we couldn’t pass it by. Our style has been so well received by our Short North following that we wanted to expand to the suburbs.
Q: What will be different at the new Powell and New Albany locations, and what can customers expect to find that might be familiar?
A: Bungalow is about providing customers with unique, one-of-a-kind home furnishings combined in unexpected ways. So, naturally, our individual stores represent this aesthetic as well. The Powell, Short North and New Albany stores are all in unique buildings. The Short North Location is in a former filling and auto service station, Powell is in a former church built in the early 1800s, and The New Albany Bungalow will reside in an old corn mill that we have dubbed “Bungalow at the Mill.” The Powell store is two times larger than the Short North store and The Mill is tree times larger, so we plan to have larger pieces of upholstered furniture and case goods at the new locations.
All Bungalow stores will continue to offer items for the home, textiles, lighting, home decor and furniture including one of my favorite upholstery lines, Verellen. It is a Belgian-inspired furniture line built in High Point, North Carolina, using the most beautiful organic linens and features details on each piece that I have never seen anywhere else in the market. Each location will be special in its own way, so plan to visit all of them.
Q: Who would you say is the target audience for Bungalow and what type of style would you describe for the overall concept at the store?
A: Our target audience is anyone who wants to live with beautiful things. Bungalow is priced extremely reasonably. We believe everyone can take home an item or two that will enhance what they already own. We call the Bungalow Style “Rustic Contemporary.” We also love finding old items and pairing them with newer pieces to get this look. To date, we have helped everyone from the college grad buying her first sofa to furnishing an entire 12,000 square foot home. The design side of our business has been the most unexpected success. People walk into the store and say “can you make my home look like this?” Of course we can! We call it “getting Bungalow’d”.
Q: Do you have future expansion plans beyond the three stores?
A: Our long term plans could involve going coastal and opening a location on the west coast as well as the east coast. But for now, we are focusing on Ohio and our future online store.
Q: Last but not least, can you tell us a bit about the official grand opening next week in Powell?
A: The grand opening in Powell takes place on Thursday, November 17th from 5pm to 9pm. The address is 50 West Powell Road. We are offering a 10% discount all night to celebrate! Our hours will be Tuesday through Saturday 10am to 5pm.
More information can be found online at www.bungalowhomeandgarden.com.
All photos courtesy of Bungalow.