BAINBRIDGE — Shoppers in search of well-made furniture have a new option IN Textile and Timber, a new family-owned business.
Vince Fond III, Textile and Timber’s chief operating officer, said the business, located in an 80,000 square foot building at 18813 North Marketplace Drive in Bainbridge, has a wide range of price points but tries to focus on furniture that will last.
"We have sofas with a price range from $500 to $5,000," he said. "That’s a price where we still feel we can sell something that’s durable and family friendly."
The business, which is run primarily by Vince, his brother Tyler Fond and sister Tiffany Nespeca, celebrated its grand opening with an open house Nov. 11 after a soft opening in June.
Tiffany serves as the chief finance officer, and Tyler as the assistant manager at the business, which includes 62,000 square feet of open, airy showroom space.
"We didn’t want it to feel like a maze, like some furniture stores," said Tyler.
Vince said the employees at the store are unobtrusive and will allow customers to browse as long as they want, but the store’s services go beyond furniture sales.
"We also have a focus on design," he said, adding home consultations are available with the store’s designers. "We strive to have an educated sales force. They’re here for the customer, but we do try to be low pressure so that you may enjoy the experience."
Designers can help shoppers design a room around its existing colors, including area rugs and accessories.
"We don’t sell [wall-to-wall] carpet and hard flooring, but we can work with what you have," he said, explaining designers try to keep selections within a color palette matching the interior.
To keep pace with the latest in interior design, Vince said the store will periodically refresh its inventory.
"Furniture follows fashion," he said. "There are some things that are timeless, but there are also changing trends."
The siblings had been planning the store for about a year, but they were actually born into the furniture business, according to Vince.
"We had a family history," he said. "We had our start in the furniture business in years ago in Youngstown."
It was there his grandfather Vince Fond Sr. opened what started as a TV store in the 1960s. Over the years, that grew into Fond’s Furniture TV and Appliance, which closed in 1985.
The family also is involved in commercial real estate development and owns the 28.7-acre parcel where the store is located, along with several outlots at The Shops at Marketplace.
Vince said the family saw a need for a quality furniture store in the Bainbridge area, which was underserved by other quality furniture stores.