Furniture business to add New Albany store

Bungalow Home and Garden has chosen the former New Albany Mill as its third central Ohio location.

The business is anticipated to open in mid-January, according to its local owners.

Julie DeVito Butler said she and co-owner Paige Langdale both live in New Albany.

“We love the fact that we can have a warehouse and retail here,” she said.

The women opened their first business of the same name in the Short North a year ago and now have a second location in Powell. The third location in New Albany, at the corner of Johnstown and Dublin-Granville roads, is the largest and will serve as a warehouse for all three locations, DeVito Butler said.

The store will sell furniture and decorations, jewelry, purses, scarves and hats.

DeVito Butler said the style is “rustic contemporary” with a lot of “repurposed, reclaimed wood.” She mentioned an old stair baluster that she’s going to use as a sink base for one of her clients.

“People can live in (the furniture) and have it, rather than having a room (with furniture) that no one is allowed in,” DeVito Butler said. “It’s more comfortable.”

The women have no design backgrounds but both describe themselves as visual people. When they met, DeVito Butler was a photographer and Langdale a hair designer.

“We both just have a passion for this,” Langdale said. “We both owned our own business and were entrepreneurs. After we met, we decorated each other’s houses and then decided we should open a store.”

Now, they are decorating other people’s houses.

DeVito Butler said she and Langdale are available to help with interior design. Often, she said, people want a room in their home like one of the store displays.

“We did not expect to offer design services,” DeVito Butler said. “We just thought we were opening a retail store. But people kept saying, ‘Can you come to my house and do this? We want our house to look like this.’”

Added Langdale: “Our stores are really well-received and the style is kind of coastal. People are always asking us where we are from.”

Both women are from Ohio.

Workers were unloading merchandise at the New Albany location last week. Langdale said the store’s potential hours would be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.

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