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Aspinwall Station bids farewell


A familiar business in the West Knox community is riding slowly into the sunset.

Aspinwall Station, located at 8911 Town & Country Circle in Knoxville, is closing its doors as owners Daniel and Emily Cox move on to other business

ventures.

“We don’t have a date for closing,” Emily said. “There’s a good bit of inventory, so we wanted to give people the information so it wouldn’t be all last minute. It’ll probably take a little into next year. We started with a sale, then decided to go ahead and announce the closedown.”

Emily said she and her husband have no regrets about closing the business the couple started almost three years ago.

“We have no regrets whatsoever,” she said. “We’re thrilled to have been doing this. We’ve enjoyed it and our customers have been very dear to us. The outpouring of support from our customers really has been overwhelming, but it’s just time to move on.”

Emily said Daniel has been busy developing a vacation

business.

“Dan has a business venture that he started that he’s going to do full-time,” she said. “It’s Forever Coastal Vacations, a wholesale travel membership business he’s going to work on full-time. It’s not a travel agency. It’s not timeshare. It’s kind of a marriage of the two.”

Emily said she plans to venture into some type of marketing or public relations field, but has fond memories of the business she and Dan started.

The store 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 was the search for new and different items. Aspinwall Station specialized 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 was one of the great challenges of the business, Emily said. Because they prefered to carry only one or two of an item, she and Dan constantly searched 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.

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.”

They will work through the Christmas holiday season.

 

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