A business originally slated to open at Artspace Hamilton Lofts will make its storefront debut just across the river instead.
Unsung Salvage Design Company had been one of three tenants announced for the $11.8 million project at 222 High St., but plans for the site kept being pushed back, according to Unsung co-owner Dondi Carder.
In addition, business owners discovered the basement portion available at Artspace only would have worked as a workshop, with no chance of a retail component and limited accessibility and visibility.
“You would have had to get on an elevator to get down to the basement and find the shop from there,” he said, adding that the space also wasn’t zoned for retail. “It turned out that it wasn’t a perfect situation or spot for us.”
Instead, co-owners Carder and his two brothers, Jason Carder and Justin Carder, and Jason’s brother-in-law, Scott Hubbard, are gearing up to open Unsung Salvage Design’s retail space at 212B Main Street in April or early May .
The business already has established a wood shop and screen printing shop there.
The new location in the back of the Main Street building offers ample parking and the ability to use the front third of the business as retail space for furniture repurposing and custom screen printing.
“We like to take pieces from a client that maybe were discarded … and repurpose them into something else,” he said, offering as an example a crib used by three generations of a Hamilton family and repurposed by the business as a bench to be used at the foot of the client’s grandmother’s bed.
“It’s a way to take a piece that has been in the family and continue it into the family as something else,” Carder said.
Unsung also works for businesses, as well. Two former doors from Artspace’s predecessor, The Hamilton Center, are being repurposed into tables for True West Coffee’s Main Street location.
The back section at Unsung Salvage Design’s new location includes its metal shop, wood shop and paint shop.
“We like to take old breaker box covers and metal fixtures, electrical fixtures out of old buildings … and we like to put art on them,” he said. “Those have been kind of cool where we repurpose … equipment and turn it into art.”
Until the retail component of the business makes its spring debut, Unsung Salvage Design will take clients by appointment, Carder said.
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/UnsungSalvageDesignCompany or call 513-571-2368.
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