Curate Company has moved from its previous location several miles south of Logan to the old Edwards Furniture store, located at 25 South Main in historic downtown Logan.
Kent Ricks, owner of the design and furniture company, pulled up all the flooring, took all the plaster off the walls, and repainted it all, even the wood floors.
“It was a lot of work. We were down on our hands and knees tearing up the old flooring,” said Klara Ricks, the marketing and social media manager for the store. “We also pulled the plaster off the walls and exposed the raw bricks, then we painted everything.”
She said most of the Ricks family and friends helped on the project. The building was originally built before 1880 for Edwards Furniture. It has the original rope activated elevator, giving them the ability to move furniture to other floors without stairs.
“It’s probably the oldest elevator in Logan,” she said. “You have to pull the rope to make it go up or down.”
The store has everything a full service furniture store should have: couches, chairs, tables, and even kitchen tables and chairs.
Ricks said if you can’t find what you want on the floor, they have catalogs from several vendors. There are catalogs for wallpaper, furniture, art and other accessories.
One of the biggest changes coming to the outside of the building will be the removal of the aluminum retro front added in the 60’s, with neon lighting.
The façade will be restored to the original brick. In place of ‘Edwards,’ the façade will have ‘Curate’ across the old brick front.
Store owner Kent Ricks is an interior designer by education and training, and offers a unique and trained eye to help people find just the right furniture and accents for their homes.
“I try and tell stories with my sets,” he said. “I can help people find a piece that will complement their existing furniture or help them design a room full of new furniture and accessories.”
As an active interior designer with clients, he can design a space and offer people items from his existing inventory or order items from a list of companies for which he is a vendor.
Ricks finds pieces at large national home furnishing sales and tries to find local artisans who have products he thinks go well with his inventory.
The 10,000 square foot space adjacent to Curate Company is the new home of InStock Flooring.
There is a large door between the stores, giving shoppers easy access to both businesses in downtown Logan.
Ben Milligan, who works for InStock, was installing shelving and getting things ready for their move last week. The flooring company sells a full range flooring materials, including vinyl, wood and carpet.
“We are very excited about our move next to Curate Company,” he said. “It will be a good mix for both of our customers.”
Ricks agreed the combination of the two adjacent storefronts will be good for both businesses.
“We will complement each other,” Ricks said. “People looking for flooring can go over there and people looking for furnishings can see what we have.”
Both businesses were previously located near each other in Nibley on Highway 89/91.