VALPARAISO | The city could have two home furnishing stores opening in the next 60 to 90 days.
Home-n-Clature, which has operated in Munster for the past five years, is leasing 20,000 square feet of space in the former ANCO building, 360 S. Campbell St., and hopes to be able to open in about two months. It joins the Home Decor store, which will occupy most of the space in the former Porter County Jail building in the downtown and plans to open by early spring.
Amanda Snider, president of Home-n-Clature, said she and her husband Shayne, principal at River Forest Junior/Senior High School and vice president of the couple's company, recently built a house in Valparaiso and like the community so much they want to invest their future efforts in the city.
The company buys floor models, overstocks and scratch-and-dent furniture and home furnishings from high-end stores and offers them to the public at greatly reduced prices from the original list. Amanda Snider said she has dealt with stores like Neiman Marcus, Restoration Hardware and businesses in Chicago's Merchandise Mart.
The items on sale vary from month to month depending on who they buy from. Home-n-Clature also does furniture repair and restoration. She will be before the city's Site Review Committee on Tuesday to discuss plans for facade improvements to the building, including a new entrance and the addition of decorative gooseneck lighting.
Tuesday night they are before the city's Board of Zoning Appeals for a variance to allow commercial use in a heavy industry zone.
Snider said the move will be a step up from the 7,200 square feet they now occupy in Munster, but it's only a fraction of the more than 200,000 square feet of space in the ANCO building. She said she hopes to be able to expand at the location.
"We're excited because we've done really well in Munster and we're sorry to leave, but the new store is a perfect fit for Valparaiso and we feel Valparaiso is going to appreciate a small business like this," Snider said. "I'm excited to show everybody all the offerings we have. We call it Chicago style with Indiana prices. I haven't found a store like it anywhere."
The committee also will hear plans for a new CVS Pharmacy at 150 U.S. 30.