SOURCE: Arhaus


February 27, 2015 15:59 ET

Arhaus Opens at The Mall at University Town Center in Sarasota

CLEVELAND, OH--(Marketwired - February 27, 2015) - Arhaus opened its doors in Sarasota, Florida, this morning at The Mall at University Town Center, 140 University Town Center Drive. The 12,339 sq. ft. single-story space is located near Macy's on the first floor and showcases lifestyle vignettes of handcrafted furniture and accessories infused with the unexpected-antiques from Indonesia and Paris, exotic and everyday fresh florals, and hand-painted murals.

This is the fourth store in the Sunshine State for the Cleveland-based retailer. The three other Arhaus store locations are located in Naples, 5023 Tamiami Trail North, Palm Beach Gardens at Legacy Place, 11385 Legacy Avenue, and newly opened, Jacksonville at St Johns Town Center, 4828 River City Drive.

"The addition of Arhaus further extends our excellent lineup of home furnishing stores," says Kim Dominguez, Director of Marketing and Sponsorship for The Mall at University Town Center. "Sarasota-Bradenton shoppers are lucky to have this unique-to-the-market offering."

Total store count in the U.S. with the Sarasota opening is 54 for Arhaus, in addition to an ecommerce site at

Customers are invited to the retailer's grand opening party, Thursday, March 12, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, and to browse furnishings and register to win one of three Arhaus gift cards. Winners will be announced at the party. RSVP at

Abiding by the retailer's signature and successful footprint, the new Sarasota store location features a combination of marble and oak floors, and hand-carved teak panels and doors.

Center stage are the retailer's one-of-a-kind designs and timeless classics including: sofas, sectionals and chairs wrapped in leather and fabric; dining tables and chairs for indoors and out; outdoor seating and accessories; antiques and replicas called Revivals; bedroom furniture and private label bedding collections; library and office appropriate pieces; wall units and an assortment of media centers; tableware; rugs; lighting; (New) drapery; and, a large assortment of seasonal accessories.

Entirely exclusive to Arhaus, furnishings are handmade by artisans all over the world. "Each piece is unique to our stores, one-of-a-kind," says Chairman and CEO John Reed. Anything labeled "Arhaus" is made with sustainability in mind. The retailer's Rainforest Policy, a commitment not to purchase pieces made of wood harvested from the world's endangered rainforests, dates back to 1986 and the first store location in downtown Cleveland.

Today, this policy has evolved. Arhaus sources wood from vendors practicing sustainably and its artisan partners use recycled materials-wood, metal and glass-whenever possible.

Arhaus' store hours at The Mall at University Town Center are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Arhaus: Arhaus offers a compelling, inspiration-filled environment -- stores average 16,000+ sq. ft. -- with one-of-a-kind handcrafted home furnishings reflective of a distinct global point-of-view. Arhaus collaborates with skilled artisans here in the states and all over the world who craft its many exclusive collections, which are complemented by timeless upholstered pieces (slipcovered, leather and custom-order seating), dining tables and chairs, bedroom, outdoor and office furniture, seasonally-inspired accessories, private label bedding, throws and accents, tableware and more. Made of the world's finest materials (with attention to sustainability), products are presented in dramatic lifestyle settings infused with original architectural elements imported from Parisian flea markets and Tuscan villas, hand-painted murals, Arhaus Revivals, or repurposed antiques, and the freshest botanicals sourced locally in each store market. Arhaus is privately-owned and operated. The national home furnishings retailer was founded in 1986 by father and son, Jack and John Reed, and is headquartered in Cleveland. For more information, call 866.427.4287 or visit

"Furnishing a better world." This is our philosophy; it dates back to 1986 when father and son, Jack and John Reed, opened the first store location in Cleveland and vowed never to use wood from the world's endangered rainforests in the making of an Arhaus design. Today, nearly 50 percent of our collections are made of recycled material -- everything from glass, to metals like copper and wood cast off from far off lands. To ensure our values are upheld, we work with artisans who share our earth conscious values and use renewable and recycled materials when crafting pieces for our stores. Sustainably sourced timbers like teak, bamboo and mango -- grown for the sole purpose of building -- are used. And because we love a good story, we use reclaimed materials whenever possible, namely wood from countries tearing down dilapidated barns, shipyards and rural structures, and we refurbish one-of-a-kind antiques -- we call these pieces Relics. To further minimize our impact on the environment, our stores, corporate offices and even delivery trucks operate at maximum energy efficiency and promotional pieces are printed using soy-based ink and on recycled paper.

The Mall at University Town Center: The Mall at University Town Center opened October 16, 2014. Located at I-75 and University Parkway, this world-class fashion and dining destination features approximately 880,000 square feet of retail space with Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy's, Dillard's and more than 100 specialty stores and restaurants. Showcasing many distinctive retailers not found anywhere else in the local market, the center offers visitors a diverse mix of upscale, fashion and lifestyle retailers, popular favorites, sit-down restaurants and a children's play area. For information and updates, visit

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