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Shop Talk: Trove Warehouse

Melanie McIntyre Melanie McIntyre Shop Talk: Trove Warehouse
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You never know what you’re going to find when you pop into Trove Warehouse, but you can bet your bottom dollar that whatever it is will be unique.

Located at 2325 Wood Ave., Trove carries a variety of furniture and accessories for the home− everything from lighting and pillows to custom upholstery and rugs.

“We are a boutique warehouse,” said Lauren Barker, who co-owns Trove with her mother Cindy and sister Breane Walter. “When you walk in our store, the product is very eclectic. We try to inspire our customers and offer them a mix-and-match look.”

The trio −whose family manufactured furniture for more than 90 years− sources merchandise for the 5,600-square-foot store from the United States and beyond, and it’s roster of vendors is always growing.

“When we go on buying trips, we are always looking for something new,” Lauren said.

Trove opened in February 2011. Like a lot of retailers, its owners went into business for themselves because they couldn’t find what they were looking for when they went shopping.

“We envisioned a store that paired different styles of furniture with one another, but still flowed,” Lauren said. “So many people have furniture items that they don’t want to get rid of, but need them to work in a room. We want to show you how to keep your dining room table, but buy cool chairs to change or update the look. We also wanted to offer customers like us the economical route. It was important to us to have quality furniture, but at prices that everyone can afford.”

Trove Warehouse
2325 Wood Ave., Columbus
Phone: 614-429-8526
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Store Hours: Thurs. and Fri.: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat.: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

They also strive to make Trove a place where shoppers can walk in, feel comfortable, and hang out− no pressure and no salespeople breathing down your neck.

What helps Trove stand out from other home décor shops in the area is its concept and prices, Lauren said.

“Trove is a low-overhead operation and we extend that into the cost of the furniture by keeping prices low,” she added. “We also have a ‘here today, gone tomorrow’ concept. We get new stuff every week and sell directly off the floor so our store is constantly changing.”

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