Fairhome (www.fairhome.ca), celebrated its’ tenth anniversary last year at its location on Brant Street in Downtown Burlington. Since moving from Oakville in 2004, Fairhome has grown from a fabric store into the current interior decor and specialty gift shop, offering everything from custom sewing and drapery, interior decorating and accessorizing services to furniture, linens and cards.
Owner, Janet Sachade, opened a furniture showroom in 2013 on the upper level showcasing a wide selection of slipcovered and upholstered furniture, lamps, original and print artwork, mennonite made and painted furniture, as well as rugs. “The showroom is a series of inspirational vignettes that enable customers to envision how the pieces might look in their homes, to ‘sit in the seats’ and try different options for cushions, and take their time in a relaxing atmosphere,” said Sachade.
While the business has evolved to stay ahead of the changing retail environment, Sachade has stayed true to the business’ core values of personal service, attention to detail, sourcing distinct items, and being active in the local community.
“To survive as an independent business you have to be able to offer your customers something beyond the mass produced product. We offer our customers an experience at Fairhome,” says Sachade. “This experience is evident in the personal phone calls clients receive about new product, seasonal workshops and the carefully thought out displays throughout the store”. (Fairhome is a multiple winner of the Burlington Downtown Business Association’s annual Christmas window display competition).
“I think our customers appreciate that we are part of our local community; they can connect to me and my staff, and feel a sense of belonging to something bigger than just Fairhome.”
Fairhome is located at 468 Brant Street, downtown Burlington. The store carries exclusive lines such as Emma Bridgewater hand painted dishware from the UK, Fiesta dinnerware, Brighton Jewelry, Dash & Albert Rugs, Pine Cone Hill bedding and Four Seasons furniture. For store hours and detailed information about custom sewing and interior decorating services, visit www.fairhome.ca