Arhaus | July 19, 2016
In 1986, Jack Reed and his son John set out with a vision—to provide inspired home furnishings and décor direct from suppliers all around the world. They opened a small shop in a historical building in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, where the showroom was on the first floor, the offices on the second and the entire warehouse on the third. A small potbelly stove burned wood chips to heat the building.
John remembers making his first sale—a handwoven folding chair. While the piece was simple, the thought behind the design, the time it took to construct it and the story it told was not. So many layers, so many people and so many hands touched this one product. It was then they decided to run their company a little bit differently.