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Making the most of it

New business: Small Spaces in Creston aims at maximizing rooms in tiny dwellings

Published: Monday, March 31, 2014 11:13 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, March 2, 2014 12:59 p.m. CDT
Jeanette Melhuish selects inventory for Small Spaces, 107 N. Elm St. In this photo, Melhuish points to multi-functional features of a two seat bistro table, which has a built-in wine rack and shelves. Dual purpose furniture will be a feature item in her store.

Uptown’s newest business — Small Spaces — offers furniture and decor that is just the right fit for the tiniest of rooms.

Owner Jeanette Melhuish of Creston said the furniture she offers at Small Spaces, 107 N. Elm St., is perfect for efficiency apartments, dorm rooms, nursing homes or other petite places that may feel cramped.

“Actually, the furniture can be used anywhere,” she said.

When choosing furniture for her inventory, Melhuish said she aimed on finding furniture to fit small rooms, but are as stylish as they are functional.

“Some of the pieces have built-in shelves or drawers,” Melhuish said. “But, it will all be assembly-type furniture.”

Melhuish shared some examples of two and four seat dining tables with built in storage for glasses, mugs, dishes and sides that fold down.

Two styles of futons Small Spaces offers double as a sofa and a bed — up to a full size.

Other furniture offerings include book cases, nesting tables, TV trays, desks, folding screens and folding beds — all designed to maximize space in a small area.

Acme, Coaster and Kodiak are some of the brands Small Spaces will carry. Melhuish said customers will be welcome to purchase inventory on hand or order certain items in other colors, wood grain and patterns.

Melhuish’s offerings will be modern, yet affordable.

“I know there are a lot of people who can benefit from affordable furniture,” Melhuish said.

Melhuish, who has worked at Coen’s Furniture in Creston since July 2011, is opening Small Spaces mid-April because she thought Creston would benefit from a store such as hers. After working for Coen, Melhuish discovered a niche market to cater her business to.

“People would ask for things that Mike (Coen) didn’t carry,” Melhuish said. “I’m not trying to compete with anyone who is currently in business.”

Melhuish said her store will complement the businesses around her who already offer home décor and furniture such as Coen’s, The Old Market Primitives, Antiques and Gifts, Leilani’s Collectibles and Second Hand Goods.

Even though the stores she mentioned offer home décor, Small Spaces will carry a select number of wall hangings, art and throw pillows.

For small interior decorating jobs, Small Spaces will carry remnant carpet and vinyl, which measures 12 inches by 14 inches or smaller.

About Melhuish

Melhuish has worked in retail for more than 40 years. Out of high school, she learned the retail business working at J.J. Newberry, an American five and dime store chain established in Pennsylvania. She then honed her management skills as a customer service manager at Walmart in Hanover, Penn.

From 1997 to 2001, Melhuish and her husband Bill Melhuish purchased a resort in Bullshoals, Ark., which was built by the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) in the 1930’s. Melhuish said running the resort in the Ozarks was a fun experience, but, a labor of love. Her husband’s career moved them to Michigan and then to Creston in July 2011.

Small Spaces, 107 N. Elm St., is tentatively scheduled to open April 14. For more information, contact Melhuish at (641) 278-1008.

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