Amy Winter and her fiance, Tony Cabilovski, spent a month redoing the floors of their first business venture together.
The co-owners of Edwin Loy Home/Stone & Sparrow Apparel traveled through history when they pulled back the carpet, plywood and vinyl tiles to reveal the original flooring of the 2,500-square-foot venue, 27 N. Sandusky St., which was formerly the Central Restaurant in downtown Delaware during the late 19th century.
“It was a workout,” Cabilovski said.
Edwin Loy Home specializes in artisan-painted furniture, home goods and gifts, and is an official stockist of Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan. Stone & Sparrow Apparel features a women’s and men’s clothing boutique with low key brands, jewelry and accessories.
The new shop, which opens Friday, will be an expansion for Winter, who opened her first Edwin Loy Home store, 34 N. State St., in Uptown Westerville nearly four years ago. Her fiance’s business, Uptown Deli and Brew/Temperance Row Brewing Co., was across the street and the two met regularly at monthly meetings for Uptown businesses.
“The rest is cliche,” Cabilovski said.
The two saw the same vibe from Uptown Westerville in downtown Delaware to open their new business.
“Uptown’s been great to us,” Cabilovski said. “We can tell it’s the same way here.”
Winter and Cabilovski spent three months renovating the former Global Village store without a contractor. The shop is three times larger than Winter’s Westerville store, providing enough space to blend the couple’s two businesses together. The interior is loosely broken down into three sections with the home goods and furniture at the front, clothing in the center and a studio in the back.
Winter graduated from Otterbein University with a degree in art. During her college years, she used to work at the former Salt Box Interiors, 43 N. Sandusky St., in Delaware which was owned by her aunt and uncle, Cathie and Jim Edwards, before they closed it in 2009.
She planned to open a simple retail shop in Westerville until she came across the Chalk Paint, which has been used in England for years but arrived in the United States about seven years ago. Winter went through the process to get certified to sell the paint to the public and uses it to recreate furniture. She even applied it to the original flooring of her new shop to showcase it for customers.
Winter relies on a picker who goes to antique shops, flea markets and other markets to find antique-like furniture. Winter would then update or reinvent the pieces at the new shop’s studio.
“It’s a way I get to express my art,” she said.
Similar to her Westerville store, Winter will offer workshops and classes at the new store, providing a step-by-step guide of how to use the paint to refurbish older furniture. Customers can also bring their furniture pieces for an update but the service can also be done on site. Both services provide an alternative to buying new furniture at an outlet or department store that may lack the same quality, she said.
Aside from the home goods and decor, the shop includes a fitting room for customers to try on its selection of clothing. Cabilovski said he shares Winter’s philosophy when it comes to the products he sells. Because he doesn’t like seeing people wear the same shirt purchased from a typical brick-and-mortar store, Cabilovski said he finds brands that have smaller output but higher quality.
“You can shop local and get great clothing,” he said.
In addition, the owners plan to find products that are local or made in America that required a level of workmanship.
“That’s the next step,” Cabilovski said.