Re:work Furnishings Opens Grandview Area Workshop and Store
Recycling, upcycling, sustainable sourcing and local reclamation are all the rage when it comes to home decor these days, and the two local entrepreneurs behind Re:work Furnishings are in the process of taking those concepts to the next level. Alex and Lindsay Remley began their business as a hobby, but are just now making the jump into a larger workshop space that will double as a retail store.
“We started with just a few pieces for our home, friends and family were impressed and encouraged us to start a business,” said Lindsay. “Last summer we attended a few local markets and tried new products and got feedback from the customers. As the demand grew, so did the needs of our shop space.”
In Feburary, the duo launched a Kickstarter campaign that was successfully funded with over $21,000 to help with the transition. Backers of the campaign were rewarded with products from the company, ranging from wooden coasters to custom-made dining room tables. The funds allowed them to not only relocate to a bigger shop, but also hire a team to assist with growing the business.
Re:work’s new location at 757 Adena Drive is a little off the beaten path (it’s in a warehouse at the southeast intersection of Grandview Avenue and Route 33) but Lindsay says that the proximity to nearby communities is what was important when looking for the right spot for the business.
“We wanted to be in a vibrant and creative neighborhood that supports and loves local businesses,” she explained. “Grandview is an ideal location so we are really happy to have found our space here. We also wanted a place close our home in Upper Arlington, where we can bring our three kids in with us. They think the shop is the most magical place!”
While Lindsay handles the business side of Re:work, Alex handles the creation side. He designs and builds all of the products sold by the company using the woodworking tools found in the shop.
“He is self taught and is always eager to try new designs and techniques,” said Lindsay. “It all started when a friend gave us a pile of old barn wood from his driveway and we turned it into a dining table for our new home. We really thrive on the challenge of making something work and giving new life to old materials.”
While large items like custom tables and barn siding wall installations fetch the highest price tags, Lindsay said that their butcher block cutting boards have been a fan-favorite with customers so far. Other popular items include wine racks, picture frames and succulent containers. Customers can find them at events this summer, such as the Moonlight Market on Gay Street, as well as the new brick-and-mortar store.
“We are still finishing our showroom but are still taking appointments for customers to come by and shop our inventory of small goods and gifts,” added Lindsay. “We plan to have it completed in the next few weeks. Also, our e-commerce site just launched and we are excited for people to be able to shop from the comfort of their home.”
While the opening of the new store is eating up a lot of Alex and Lindsay’s time, they’re already making more plans for the future, and excited to tackle the next project.
“This has been and will continue to be a transformative year for us and we are forever grateful that we get to do what we love, be inspired and challenge ourselves daily,” said Lindsay. “We often joke that even if we won the lottery we would never give up this work because it’s fun and important. We feel strongly that the movement and trend towards socially and environmentally responsible and sustainable goods will not go out of style, ever.”
For more information, visit www.reworkfurnishings.com.
Photos by Walker Evans.