Lumberyard John H. Myers & Son faced two challenges when it opened its new showroom in Aberdeen, Md., last month: 1) Show off what your designers can do; and 2) Do it in about 1,000 square feet of space.
"We have been around for 100 years, and everyone thinks we're just a lumberyard," president Bob Myers said. "They don't think we have the capabilities of doing as well as a place that does just kitchens and floors. But we can put the whole package together and be a one-stop shop."
The company's designers arranged displays to prove the point and make the most of use of the available space. Kitchen displays not only include numerous options, such as stains and hardware, in one area, but a number of styles span the showroom floor, from today's hot trends to more traditional offerings.
Although country and traditional styles dominate the market in Aberdeen, a relatively rural area between Baltimore and Wilmington, Del., Myers particularly likes a modern kitchen display for its ability to show the flexibility of his staff.
"There are some funky colors, a moss green and brown with a glass backsplash," he said. "People say, 'Wow.' Not that they're going to use it, but it shows the potential of our products and that we do have good designers."