Shop Talk: Cottage Street
For years John and Sue Konieczko repurposed and made furniture by hand for their home, and eventually began selling the fruits of their labor at various shops. Then in June 2011, they opened a shop of their own: Cottage Street.
Located at 3284 N. High St. in Clintonville, Cottage Street offers restored and painted furniture, new home décor accents, and vintage treasures the Konieczkos have collected over time.
They describe Cottage Street’s aesthetic as a mix of shabby chic and farmhouse styles that is warm and inviting, adding that customers often say they want their home to look just like it.
However, the Konieczkos contend that it’s their handiwork that really sets the 1,000-square-foot shop apart from the many home décor boutiques in the area.
“People seem to really love the fact that a craftsman has worked on their furniture,” said John, who left a job in industrial management to open his own remodeling company in the 1990s. It was then that he developed an affinity for finish carpentry.
Sue is currently employed at Nationwide Insurance, but decorating is her true passion and it’s reflected in Cottage Street’s store design.
“She has the vision for not only which accents Cottage Street carries, but how they are displayed,” John said.
When it comes to decorating, the Konieczkos’ motto is simple: “The best houses are the ones that make you feel at home.”
It’s a concept they also seem to apply to their business.
“The thing that defines us is the way that our customers are treated,” John said. “Each time, it’s as if an old friend has come to our home to visit. In this fast paced world that we live in, too many forget what’s important. People are important to us, and we strive to make each person’s visit special.”
Photos via Cottage Street.