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Aspinwall Station celebrates its second year anniversary


Daniel and Emily Cox came to Knoxville a few short years ago with the desire to take hold of a new destiny. That desire came to life in the form of their furnishings store.

Aspinwall Station Unique Furnishings celebrated its second anniversary in March and the momentum shows no sign of diminishing.

“We’re still here, so it’s a good thing,” Emily said, when asked about the business’ success. “The business has been really successful in that it is sustaining itself and it is sustaining us.”

Emily said Aspinwall Station, located at 8911 Town & Country Circle in Knoxville, offers a variety of different furnishings for different style homes. Items range in style from early colonial period to rustic to even the Oriental style.

“It’s amazing how our furniture compliments any décor,” Emily said. “We bring in our goods directly from the artisans who create them specifically for us. We look for truly unique items for our store.”

She said an ongoing challenge to her business is the search for new and different items. Aspinwall Station specializes in items that are truly unique, she said. The tables, chairs, armoires and other items are made and designed specifically for Aspinwall Station.

“We want people to have special items in their homes,” Emily said. “If a customer buys a table from us, I want there to be only one or two just like that in the world. That’s why I tell customers if they see an item they like, they need to consider purchasing it then because we will never have one just like it again.”

That’s also one of the great challenges of the business, Emily said. Because they prefer to carry only one or two of an item, she and Dan are constantly searching the world for new products and new artisans. She said they use artisans in India, Indonesia, China, Mexico, Peru and other countries across the world.

She said they do offer a layaway plan. In addition, the company will store any items purchased for those who may need this type of convenience.

“It’s a really great service for people who may be moving, renovating their home, or building a new home,” Emily said.

The company also offers a Web site, www.aspinwallstation.com, to give customers a chance to view the merchandise.

Emily said she and Dan developed the idea for this type of furniture store when they came from New Hampshire to Knoxville a few years ago to visit her family.

“We had just come off a really harsh winter and liked the climate in this area,” she said. “We moved here specifically to start this store.”

Emily and Dan served as consultants to the communication industry in New Hampshire.

“We knew we didn’t want to stay in the telecommunication business,” she said. “About that time, a friend of the family who travels to the East introduced us to some people and artisans. The business took off from there.”

 

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