by Stacia Friedman
Chestnut Hill furniture showrooms are as diverse as homeowners’ lifestyles. Whether you’re furnishing your first apartment or a second home on the beach, you’ll find an exciting array of home décor options on Germantown Street.
Home Summer Classics
8040 Germantown Ave.
If walking the Summer Classics Home gives you a feeling of déjà vu, there is good reason.
“When the owner of The Hill Company, a former outdoor furniture store at the top of the hill, retired three years ago, she sold her business to Summer Classics Home in Alabama,” said Kim McCarthy, who has worked for The Hill for ten years. Before joining the Summer Classics team at their new location in May 2019.
“Hill has sold 20 sets of furniture, including Summer Classics,” McCarthy said. “So we’re actually the same store in a different location.” However, in their current location, they also offer interior furniture, lighting, area rugs, mirrors, and home décor accessories – everything needed for a well-furnished home.
The 11,000-square-foot showroom, which seems to last forever, displays high-end contemporary furniture. How tall is it? Outdoor lounges can cost up to $3,000, and pillows can be up to $200. But throughout the year, Summer Classic Home offers big discounts. Currently, all flooring models are at half the price.
“Our indoor furniture is made by Gabby Home and our laminated cushions are all made in North Carolina.” said Tracy Maine, Director. Decorative touches include handcrafted Indonesian wooden and woven objects, aromatic candles, and a wide selection of chandeliers. What distinguishes them from others? “We’ll come to your house and design your space, no matter how big or small, at no additional cost,” Main said. “Everything we do is made to order.” For information, visit Summerclassicshome.com/phil Philadelphia
8532 Germantown Ave.
For the past three months, the store on the northwest corner of Germantown and West Evergreen Avenues has been the home of The Modern Republic, which specializes in mid-century modern furniture, art, and decor. They were invited to open a pop-up store here by Anne Neville, Chestnut Hill Business District retail attorney and Hilary O’Carroll, marketing, events and social media coordinator. “I am so excited to have them here,” said Neville, who visited the 1600 Girard Avenue location at the Modern Republic, and loved what she saw. “They will be a pop-up store until the end of the year and hopefully they will find a permanent location on the hill,” she said.
If you grew up in the 1950s or 1960s, you’ll recognize the familiar designs, colors, and textures that may have furnished your parents’ home. These vintage pieces are now highly collectible, and a new generation of homeowners covet them. Brands include Lynn, Drexel, Natuzzi, and Knoll. This is where you’ll find a black and chrome leather Barcelona chair by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for $7,000 or Drexel Creditenza for $2,500.
The Modern Republic was originally launched in 2018 at Brooklyn Flea Market by two friends, Kenya Abdulhadi, a former Germantown fashion designer and Stephen Brown, a Chester contractor. When the pandemic shut down the flea market, they opened a retail store at 1600 W. Girard Avenue in a rapidly developing neighborhood.
“We get furniture from as far away as North Carolina, New England and Chicago,” said Brown, who was delighted with the reception his pop-up shop in Hill said. “The community has really welcomed us,” he said. To find out what it’s all about, stop by Chestnut Hill and chat with Jordan Taylor, director of marketing at The Modern Republic.
mid-century modern discount
960 E. Mermaid Street, Building 13 A
Only the truly designer shopper will find a mid-century modern discount. hFar away in Windmore Industrial Park On Mermaid Lane and Queen Street, just finding their front door is a challenge. But once you step into the spacious 6000 square foot warehouse, you’ll quickly realize it’s worth it.
As far as the eye can see, mid-century modern treasures are on display, floor to ceiling, all in excellent condition and well below the prevailing price. For the connoisseur of mid-century modern, it’s all here – Eames, MillerKnoll, Lane, Kent Coffey – all within budget and in top condition. There is no high pressure selling skill here. You will be encouraged to roam freely and see what is talking to you.
“We’re Philly’s best kept secret,” said the owner, a kind-hearted gentleman with Southern charm named Jeff, who looks like Cher, with just one name. Jeff’s passion for mid-century modern furniture is the engine that keeps his business growing.
“I started working in my garage in Flowertown. Later I had two warehouses in North Wales before opening in Windsor three years ago. We buy the coolest furniture, make it look as cool as possible and sell it at the lowest possible price.”
Meanwhile, in the back of the warehouse, artisans are skillfully restoring antique furniture, returning it to its original beauty. Discount Mid-Century Modern makes it easy to fall in love with a cardigan, dining table, or teak chair. “If you want to take it home and try it out, that’s fine,” Jeff said. “Want to lay him down? No problem.” You can even decide if you want to buy a piece of furniture “as is” or take it back.
Open seven days a week by appointment. For more information, visit DiscountMCM.com
8400 Germantown Street.
Inside the showroom at Pompanoosuc Mills, shoppers will find what the company calls its “permanent furniture,” hand-built in the shop’s workshop in Thetford, Vt. A Vermont-based company, with several showrooms on the East Coast, opened earlier this yearafter closing Pompanoosuc Mills in Manayunk.
The company’s artisans make furniture to order, using sustainably sourced hardwoods responsibly harvested from North American forests. Their pieces are contemporary with clean lines that allow the beauty of the wood to shine through.
If you’re unfamiliar with ‘Pompy,’ stop by to learn about their commitment to sustainably sourced wood, including tiger maple, shredded maple, flying maple, quilted maple, walnut, bastwood and reclaimed redwoods. This commitment to sustainability includes sending wood waste to a clean cogeneration plant, which provides 100 percent of the heat of the Vermont headquarters in the winter and about 10 percent of the electricity in the summer. For information visit pompy.com
8528 Germantown Ave.
Luxury retail store and interior design company is a business Starr Osborne which expanded its home staging company, Tailored Transitions, to include full-service motion management, interior design services, and, in 2016, The Tailored Home.
Starr, a graduate of Yale University The background includes work at Sotheby’s and Christie’s in New York, offering carefully curated brands of fine china and glass, home accessories, bespoke gifts and custom furniture. For information, visit: shoptailoredhome.com.
7908 Germantown Ave.
Host Interiors focuses on “helping our clients create interiors that are beautiful, functional and a true reflection of their personal style.”
Their showrooms, which include one in Ardmore, feature a range of handcrafted furnishings and home décor with furniture constructed and crafted using environmentally sustainable practices. Established in 2006, the store offers a wide range of unique furnishings, tables, rugs, lighting, art and accessories. For information, visit hostinteriors.com.