New indie furniture store Urbanum coming to Detroit’s Midtown – Detroit Free Press
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Georgea Kovanis, Detroit Free Press
A new independently-owned furniture and home decor store that will sell one-of-a-kind antique finds along with current stylesÂ is scheduled to open in Detroit’s Midtown in early spring.
At 1,800-square-feet it is to be located atÂ Woodward, near W. Grand Boulevard. It’s name: Urbanum.
And it is likely to be a welcomed addition to the city which has a deficit of shopping opportunities. Â “Iâve never been able to find bedding or a shower curtain …Â you can get it at isolated shops, one or two things, but not a selection,” said Brigid Beaubien, the store’s owner. (And yes, she’s related to the Beaubien street; her ancestors were some of the city’s first settlers.) “It frustrates me to not be able to buy something in the city limits where I live.”
The store’s location in Midtown’s New Center neighborhood is significant because it’s aÂ signal that more development may be creeping north from Downtown and to New Center.Â Apartment developments are under construction in New Center. The Fisher and Albert Kahn buildings are being renovated. The Detroit Pistons practice facility is set to be built.
Two years ago, Beaubien and her husband, Tim Costello, opened the craft beer store 8 Degrees Plato in Midtown.
âI think (New Center)Â going to become just such a little cool shopping hub. I think itâs also going to become the place where you really can come down and have lunch and spend the day shopping at your favorite stores â not in the way we used to, but in a new way.â
Beaubien wantsÂ UrbanumÂ to provide the fixings for “an eclectic design of vintage and new, and a juxtaposition of modern and old.” That could mean pairing an antique chest of drawers from the 1700s with a mid-century sofa.
“I think we have a real specific design style in Detroit.Â I donâtÂ think itâs being reflected back at us. Itâs a combination of industry and the comfort and warmth of found objects,” she said. “Itâs things that are made and produced here in the city that have an urban edge to it, but thereâs also a great deal of warmth.â
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Expect Urbanum to carry antique furnishings, vintage and new lighting, upholstered chairs, linens and more.Â The store will also carry an assortment of hostess gifts, some vintage, some new. Prices at the store are expected to start at about $5 and go into the thousands.
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