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Wednesday
Oct192011

The new showroom is taking shape

Over that past few weeks the new showroom is really starting to take shape.  I have been building new display panels for the most popular items first.  I have completed the displays for the NuTone Radio Intercom systems.  The new display panels feature the NM200 master station mounted in a tile back splash made of ceramic, stone and glass tiles.  The entry door and patio stations are displayed on stucco wall panels and the inside remote speakers show up well on their heavy Spanish style wall texture.

 

Wednesday
Sep282011

Northside Service Company becomes Northside. . . for your home

Renewing a business is an important task that must be done periodically if the business is going to stay relevant. It had been at least 10 years since anything really changed at Northside. The showroom was old and dated, the office was cluttered and not very functional, inventory was stuffed in here and there. Parking was always a problem, so much so that when I would come back from a day of service calls and I couldn't find a parking place for my van. It was definitely time for a change.

In June we happened to find the perfect new location. It's a well cared for building just down the street from the original store, it has plenty of parking and good foot traffic. It was decided after just one meeting with the property owner that this new space would work well. The lease was signed and we haven't looked back.

We decided that with the new location a new look was needed for the store. Our new showroom displays the Broan and NuTone products as they look when they are installed in your home. This gives customers a better idea of how things look when a project is completed.

We also decided to search out small manufactures for specialty items that compliment the Broan and NuTone products that we have always sold. Handmade decorative electrical plates, handmade lighted house numbers and handmade door bell push buttons will be the first of these new items.

Many of the new artisan items will have a Craftsman or Art Nouveau feel to them. These styles are very complimentary to each other and create a real comfortable feeling in any home. These styles harken back to a time when quality and craftsmanship meant a lot. Everyone needs the day-to-day items like exhaust fans and range hoods and medicine cabinets, but we also need those special items to create a sense of style in our homes. One of the goals for the new store is to find those well made specialty items that add the finishing touch to every project.

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