660 S. Exeter St., Harbor East / / 410-244-6376; arhaus.com / / Open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday
Looking for a high-end sectional with an exotic mixture of fabrics and textures? Or a one-of-a-kind antique Chinese chest? You'll find that and more at Arhaus Furniture, which just opened its first Maryland location in super-chic Harbor East. In about 16,000 square feet of space, Arhaus manages to seamlessly meld a variety of themes and moods -- in a way that is visually breathtaking.
The store has an international feel -- Indonesian masks hang on the wall; many dining tables are made in Italy; glass is blown at a factory in Mexico. But 60 percent of the furniture is American-made, says Gary Babcock, vice president of merchandising and design for Arhaus, which has locations in 12 other states, including Virginia.
"We believe in a lot of natural products," says Babcock, who calls the furniture "transitional" -- in between traditional and modern, with an emphasis on antiques. "Real woods and metals and glass. There's no Formica and laminates here."
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