When you walk into Ethan Allen in Destin you feel like you just stepped into the pages of a fine living magazine.
Ethan Allen opened at 36062 Emerald Coast Parkway in Destin on July 2. There are 18 different display areas featured within the 8,500-square-foot store.
Ryan Disher is the owner of the Ethan Allen of Destin as well as a location in Centerville, Ohio.
"Anything in our store can be customized to fit the style of each individual," said Lee Hensley, design center manager and interior designer at Ethan Allen.
The customization of each item includes picking from over 500 fabrics, a wide range of finishes and a variety of seat comforts.
Ethan Allen provides a free design service for all customers. "Our interior designers can create floor plans to help customers visualize the space and to see what works," said Hensley. "Just to use our design service, doesn't mean we expect someone to spend a large amount of money. We want to help create a space that feels comfortable for each of our customers."
“Some of our pieces have 10 to 15 finishes. Many of the new finishes blend very well with an item that a customer might already have," said Hensley.
Hensley added that this free design service is a big part of their business as well as what sets them apart from other furniture stores.
Building a relationship with people is one their main priorities.
"Many of our customers have been interested in Ethan Allen for a very long time,” said Hensley. “You build a relationship because they are loyal to our brand.”
"The quality of the furniture is what keeps customers coming back," said Hensley. Seventy percent of Ethan Allen's product is made in the United States.
"Our design center features a large variety of the products Ethan Allen offers," she said.
Ethan Allen has two touch-screen computers for customers to browse all of the items that might not be featured in the store. It provides a description of the item, options for customization, as well as the price.
Ethan Allen presents their product within five different lifestyles: romance, elegance, modern, explorer and vintage. The Destin store is broken up by these lifestyles.
A new line that Ethan Allen has just introduced is called Express. "Express is great for our clients that want the quality of Ethan Allen in a quick time frame," said Hensley. Customers will receive their items in approximately four weeks.
"We are happy to be back in the area," she added.
The store is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m.
For more information, contact 850-837-8000 or visit the website at ethanallen.com/destin.