Ethan Allen Design Center
is opening a store at Annapolis Towne Centre
this summer with a new store layout that is the first of its kind in the mid-Atlantic.
The 8,550-square-foot shop will sell furniture and accessories and feature technology that will make buying sofas and fabric a more interactive experience.
The store will include "inspiration labs" with design ideas for five different lifestyles, says Kathy Bliss, regional design manager for the Danbury, Conn., firm. Clients' lifestyle choices are elegance, modern, romance, explorer, and vintage.
Buyers can use touchscreen monitors to preview their purchases, and use design software to see room layout options and images of each lifestyle.
The Annapolis Towne Centre shop replaces a larger store at 2401 Solomons Island Rd. that closed in December.
Ethan Allen executives wanted the store to go into the "popular lifestyle shopping destination," Bliss says.
The outdoor mall's home retailers include Restoration Hardware, Arhaus Furniture, Great Gatherings, Bed Bath & Beyond, Desi Living, and Sur La Table.
Developed by Greenberg Gibbons Commercial Corp., Annapolis Towne Centre is a $500 million retail, office and residential complex that houses a Main Street-style town center. Its other stores include Whole Foods Market, Brio Tuscan Grill, and Target.
Writer: Julekha Dash
Sources: Kathy Bliss, Ethan Allen