“Being a company from another state, we strove to be included with the clients we serve,” comments Steve Keener, president of the firm. “To that extent, we have artwork from local artists, artifacts from Baltimore city and ‘things’ that are related to Maryland or Baltimore positioned throughout the showroom.”
The decision to open in Maryland after 38 years in business was due, in part, to changes in the economy. “With gas prices increasing and folks’ time decreasing, it became harder to get people to make the trek to our main showroom,” offers Keener. So, the company partnered with an appliance retailer and stone fabricator to develop the 3,000-sq.-ft. site.
Each of the company’s designers was given a space and a theme, and the result is a homespun spot that includes four kitchen displays, two bath displays, a traditional bookcase/fireplace surround, a contemporary media center with “green” cabinetry and a teak outdoor kitchen. Manufacturer lines include countertops from Cambria, Zodiaq and Ice Stone; appliances from Sub-Zero, Wolf, Jenn-Air and Viking; and Keener Kitchen’s custom and semi-custom cabinetry.
“We wanted to create a very relaxed, homey atmosphere where we could interact with our clients,” remarks Keener.
For those looking for special pieces, Still Waters Kitchen & Bath has positioned itself as the destination. The showroom, located in Aurora, Ontario, carries a range of high-end products, and is the exclusive Canadian distributor for La Toscana by Paini and Murano House.
“The products on display here are distinctive in design,” offers Darlene Hareguy, manager, marketing and communications, Still Waters Kitchen & Bath.
The 2,200-sq.-ft. showroom, which opened in December 2010, is comprised of two floors, with kitchen sinks and faucets on the main floor and bathroom products on the upper level. “The owners – Alanna and Sam DeCristoforo – had a vision for their showroom,” offers Hareguy. “They wanted open space, with curves and not a lot of square or a box feeling. They also wanted a modern look and feel, and a staircase that would be a focal point leading to the second floor showroom.”
Kitchen displays on the first floor include items from Blanco, Grohe, Kohler, Elkay and Franke. Custom countertops and cabinetry are also part of the offering.
Bath products on the second level include faucets, fixtures, vanities, shower systems and mirrored televisions. Brands include Hansgrohe, Mr.Steam, Perrin & Rowe, Brizo, Toto and Duravit.
“We want customers to think about their projects as creating a space that includes products that are truly art in their own right,” states Hareguy.
While all showrooms aspire to create a comfortable setting, Lakeville Kitchen & Bath wanted to create a space that felt more like home. As a sister showroom to its Lindenhurst, NY location, Lakeville’s Smithtown, NY site is designed to be a warm and inviting space, with vignettes that reflect styles that would make a smooth transition from the showroom to the house.
“It’s not an intimidating showroom,” comments kitchen designer Kathleen Fredrich, who designed the space. “When clients come in, they don’t have the feeling that they can’t afford it. It’s comfortable – not intimidating. The rooms are really true to life.”
The location of the 3,500-sq.-ft. showroom was chosen to put the firm in a better position to attract and service customers from Long Island’s East End. To that end, the showroom includes a true traditional Hamptons kitchen. “We also have a very typical New York City kitchen, so we really encompassed both ends [of the Island],” explains Fredrich.
“Every other display is a true mix of standard stains, glazes, paints,” she adds. “I tried to incorporate a mix of every different color and wood specie that you can find into the showroom.”
Lakeville Kitchen & Bath carries three main cabinet manufacturers – Medallion Cabinetry, Crystal Cabinetry and Plain & Fancy Custom Cabinetry – in both showrooms. It also shows the UltraCraft line in the Lindenhurst showroom.
The showroom has several bath vignettes, showcasing Fairfield vanities and pieces from each of the three cabinet companies.