URBAN DESIGN, the Store
& our Journey...
The Urban Design Store opened its doors for the first time in 2011 on Elm Street in East Aurora, NY.
At the time, our workshop was ‘part of the show’ ~ everyone who came into the store was able to watch us work on creating our custom furniture, lighting and artful accessory projects... sometimes, customers would even stop in to watch their own project come to life. We worked primarily with reclaimed wood from century old barns and architectural salvaged pieces to create something truly unique.
Having the URBAN CRAFTED workshop attached to our store was exciting in many ways, but we quickly discovered that Urban needed its own space where we could tell our 'whole story’...not just with URBAN CRAFTED furniture, but also with renovation and buildout concepts. So, we bought our first building right down the street, put ‘the dream team’ together, and renovated a c.1880 (originally built for a blacksmith / farrier) building as our new Urban Design store and Gallery!
With Urban's growing customer base, our store on Oakwood soon became very small, which limited the amount of unique items we could display. Even though we LOVED what we had created in our second home, we needed more room to comfortably showcase all of the fabulous design houses, local artisans and manufacturers we added to our store.
And finally....261 MILL ROAD HAPPENED!
Another ‘diamond in the rough‘ for us to renovate and bring back to life! Our c.1845 building was originally a hydro-power/water mill right in our own back yard (East Aurora, NY)!
Water falls, green trees and wildlife can be seen right from our rear garage bay doors. With this view, it is hard to believe we are actually still in town! It feels as though we are on vacation everyday, somewhere far away...and our visiting clients and customers feel the same. Our goal is for our customers to have a relaxing experience while at Urban, so we offer complimentary coffee and wine which anyone can enjoy while shopping, or sitting on the porch outside!
This space truly lends itself to all that URBAN DESIGN has to offer... from our european antiques and URBAN CRAFTED pieces, to fabulous lighting and Design Houses across the US... it is all HERE!
AND NOW... ITS ALL ONLINE!
When you purchase something from our online store, you are not buying from a warehouse or ‘big box’ retailer. In a way, you’re “Shopping Local”!
If you have a question about something you see on our website, you can call our store directly!
We are excited about taking this next step and welcome any suggestions as you navigate this site! We want our website to reflect what it is like to visit our actual location - friendly, relaxing and personable!