Home Furnishings Retailer Arhaus to Open 5th Store in Texas

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700 Baybrook Mall in Friendswood, Texas

We wanted to offer an additional location for the convenience of our customers and for the growing interior designer community.

Arhaus brings its handcrafted furnishings to a fifth location in Texas and third location in the Houston area. Opening Friday, April 14 at 700 Baybrook Mall in Friendswood, Texas (between Kendra Scott and J. Jill). Other Arhaus Texas stores are located at The Center at Post Oak in Houston, The Woodlands Mall in The Woodlands, The Domain in Austin and NorthPark Center in Dallas, Texas.

This location marks their 62nd store in 24 states as well as its ecommerce site. “We are thrilled to bring yet another store location to the Houston metro area,” says John Reed, Founder and Chairman of the Board of the privately held company. He and his father opened the first store in 1986 in Cleveland Ohio, and this year, Arhaus celebrates a major milestone—30 years in the business.

“We wanted to offer an additional location for the convenience of our customers and for the strong interior designer community. Houston has been a great market for Arhaus with customers and designers embracing our brand, the quality and craftsmanship of our product and our stores as a place to visit regularly for design inspiration. Our belief is that retail is theater and our stores are a stage for customers to come and interact with our products and find themselves here,” continues Reed.

Chief Creative Officer Gary Babcock is responsible for every design aspect of Arhaus’ stores from the very beginning with the construction design and planning through to the final finishing details. Once the construction of the space is complete, he has a team of 20+ visual designers who descend upon the market 1-2 weeks prior to the store opening and bring the space to life. The team works night and day hand painting wall murals, positioning furniture and décor items, creating one of a kind art installations, and even fresh floral designs which customers can purchase at any time.

With Arhaus’ Baybrook Mall store, Gary took inspiration from the coastal living of Galveston to set the tone for the store. “This location has a boutique feel to it. We carefully curated from our wide offerings in home furnishings and décor to bring the store to life. With 14,000 sf of space you can find design inspiration for every style home from the tones and textures of coastal living to more tailored offerings for urban living.” comments Gary.

One of the most unique elements of the store is it’s dedicated spaces, indoors and outdoors, showcasing Arhaus’ collection of Outdoor furnishings and décor. The outdoor space is approximately 3,000 sf with a variety of outdoor living vignettes. Arhaus’ 2016 Outdoor collection features a wide variety of options in all-weather-wicker, aluminum, teak, reconstructed stone and upholstered seating pieces from sectionals, sofas and chairs that are all designed to withstand the outdoor elements.

Inside the store there is a dedicated design center where customers and interior designers can come to make selections when customizing pieces including a large fabric wall with hundreds and hundreds of fabrics and leathers to choose from, nail head selections and wood samples for other finish customizations.

Stores are all are beautifully outfitted in the retailer’s one-of-a-kind designs and timeless classics including: sofas, sectionals and chairs wrapped in organic, leather and custom order fabrics; dining tables and chairs for indoors and out; outdoor upholstery and accents; drapery; antiques and replicas; bedroom furniture and private-label bedding collections; pillows and throws; library and office solutions; wall units and an assortment of media centers for high-tech gadgets; rugs; tabletop; lighting; and a large assortment of seasonal accessories.

We are located in the newly expanded lifestyle component of Baybrook Mall, an upscale regional mall, surrounded by other great retailers including Kendra Scott, J. Jill, Zara, and Sur La Table as well as great new upscale dining options including Perry’s Steakhouse, Kona Grill and Maggiano’s. The opening of the Baybrook Mall location, follows the opening of Arhaus’ first store location in South Carolina in Charleston which opened on March 25th.

The Arhaus ethos is all about workmanship and has been since 1986.

Going back to the beginning
It all started with a single store in Cleveland’s historic Flats District; the name a combination of Denmark’s port city Aarhus (pronounced “ar-hoos”) and the German spelling for house (“haus”). “We drove state-by-state sourcing materials and products, tracking inventory by hand and making personal deliveries,” says Reed. “We were committed to finding good design and working directly with the artisan, which was something that wasn’t being done at the time.”

Today, Arhaus is a nationally known lifestyle retailer and the company continues to work directly with artisans all over the world—some dating back to that first store location with collections signature to the business. And, while all of the retailer’s upholstery is hand-assembled in North Carolina, more than 60 percent of the overall assortment across categories is made in America and this number is growing, according to Reed.

He attributes his company’s success and continued expansion to the artisanal assortment of product made by independent craftsmen all over the world and exclusive to Arhaus. He also credits Arhaus’ unique footprint—designed to ‘ooh and ah’ customers into mimicking the looks in their own home. “We offer the right combination of designs that Americans are comfortable living with and decorating their homes with, and we merchandise them in the kind of environment that our customers not only feel inspired by, but are comfortable shopping in,” says Reed.

Making the merchandise
Details like hand-painted and distressed finishes, dovetail joinery, hand-hammered copper and eight-way hand-tied upholstery set Arhaus’ merchandise apart from other home furnishing stores and make the retailer a destination in every market.

“We travel around the world to find unique pieces, pieces that often inspire original designs, or we work with artisans to remake and we call these reproductions Relics,” says Chief Creative Officer Gary Babcock. “We also buy from markets in Paris and even from village shops in Indonesia and bring collections home to share with our customers.”

Earth-conscious since those early years in business too, Arhaus remains committed to never using wood from endangered rainforests in the making of its home goods. “Whenever possible, we rely on renewable and recycled materials to make anything from a single bench, to a glass vase,” says Reed.


Arhaus: Arhaus offers a compelling, inspiration-filled environment with one-of-a-kind handcrafted home furnishings reflective of a distinct global point-of-view. Arhaus collaborates with skilled artisans here in the states and all over the world who craft its many exclusive collections, which are complemented by timeless upholstered pieces (slipcovered, leather and custom-order seating), dining tables and chairs, bedroom, outdoor and office furniture, seasonally-inspired accessories, private label bedding, throws and accents, tableware and more. Made of the world’s finest materials (with attention to sustainability), products are presented in dramatic lifestyle settings infused with original architectural elements imported from Parisian flea markets and Tuscan villas, hand-painted murals, Arhaus Relics, or repurposed antiques, and the freshest botanicals sourced locally in each store market. Arhaus is privately owned and operated. The national home furnishings retailer was founded in 1986 by father and son, Jack and John Reed, and is headquartered in Cleveland. For more information, call 866.427.4287 or visit arhaus.com.

“Furnishing a better world.” This is our philosophy; it dates back to 1986 when father and son, Jack and John Reed, opened the first store location in Cleveland and vowed never to use wood from the world’s endangered rainforests in the making of an Arhaus design. Today, nearly 50 percent of our collections are made of recycled material—everything from glass, to metals like copper and wood cast off from far off lands. To ensure our values are upheld, we work with artisans who share our earth-conscious values and use renewable and recycled materials when crafting pieces for our stores. Sustainably sourced timbers like teak, bamboo and mango—grown for the sole purpose of building—are used. And because we love a good story, we use reclaimed materials whenever possible, namely wood from countries tearing down dilapidated barns, shipyards and rural structures, and we refurbish one-of-a-kind antiques—we call these pieces Relics. To further minimize our impact on the environment, our stores, corporate offices and even delivery trucks operate at maximum energy efficiency and promotional pieces are printed using soy-based ink and on recycled paper.

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