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Hipster Home Finds Breathing Room in Chestnut Hill

After ten months on Germantown Avenue, the home goods shop is doing well.

After 10 months in Chestnut Hill, owner of  Dave Friday said the move from Phoenixville was a risk that paid off.

“It was a risk on many levels. At the point in Phoenixville, we had some legs but we weren’t making any money,” Friday said.

Paying the bills for the store, but not being able to pay the bills at home was a catalyst for he move. And since the store took its new location on Germantown Avenue, selling more furniture has been a somewhat unexpected bonus.

“We knew we would sell more furniture, but we didn’t know how much more,” Friday said.

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Aside from gaining clients in Chestnut Hill, Hipster Home has recently picked up two very promising clients. gave the store a new account that could pay off even more in the future if the show succeeds.

The high-end retail store Boyd’s in Center City Philadelphia has also used the shop to furnish its remodel of the men’s shoe department.

“Before, their chairs were very regal, but they decided to do the remodel very contemporary,” Friday said. And contemporary-classic is how Friday described the lines of furniture Hipster Home carries. The fabric on the chairs and sofa is also highly durable, making it a good choice for commercial use.

Aside from those two accounts, Hipster Home is making strides among Chestnut Hill clientele as well. In Phoenixville, Friday said the store was mostly used as a place to pick up gifts. With modern kitchen goods and decorative items filling the shelves of the store, there are no shortages of gift ideas when you enter.

But in Chestnut Hill, the larger price-tag items are starting to move, which is crucial to staying in business for a shop like Hipster Home.

“You can’t make a living off of selling $12.50 kid’s plates and salt shakers.  You need volume for that,” Friday said.

But after the challenge of moving the store, Friday said that the risk was worth the reward.

“We’re much more comfortable now. We have a little room to breathe. It’s too soon to say ‘we made it’ but it’s looking good,” Friday said.

Ken Buckwalter August 19, 2012 at 02:49 AM
An easy way to remember is that "when" correlates with "then" (i.e. it relates to time). Another is "Thank God, who is bigger than me."
Dave F August 19, 2012 at 04:58 AM
Jim, maybe I'm the guy. It's all a diversion to throw you off and have you looking over your shoulder. Or maybe you're correct and he's jotting down your name and crossing out my name. Thanks Jimbo for taking that bullet. I'm too pretty to go.
Laura Shumaker August 25, 2012 at 12:17 AM
I started reading the string of comments but quickly lost interest. I may be commenting on something I'm taking out of context because I haven't read in its entirety but I 100% disagree...parking in the volley blows. I rarely keep up with any town news so that fact that I'm aware of a trash can blunder that cost the town $9k leads me to believe there are many other such mistakes. If people in the borough used a bit more common sense i have no doubt there would be plenty of $ in the budget to improve parking along with many other problems. One of those other problems being the parks, the tree company y'all have in here are a fricking joke! I'd be willing to bet they came in as the lowest bid because they suck at what they do. When one of those dead limbs falls and hurts a kid you better believe those parents are gonna come knocking on doors and demanding answers
Laura Shumaker August 25, 2012 at 12:18 AM
* in the 'ville
CC August 25, 2012 at 12:49 AM
What was the trash can blunder?

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