Celadon House furniture store leaves downtown San Luis Obispo as its two business partners go their separate ways with the intention of opening their own stores.
Business partners Kelli Thornton and Cherisse Sweeney decided to focus on different business models and thus went their separate ways after being co-owners of Celadon House at 766 Higuera Street for about five years.
They first opened a Celadon House store in Santa Barbara in 2001 and have been in downtown SLO since 2014.
Sweeney plans to open a new store at 766 Higuera in April, Basalt Interiors, with much of the same product line.
And Celadon House will reopen in a new, as yet unnamed location at SLO, as Thornton plans to focus on high-end, home-made furniture.
Thornton, a resident of San Luis Obispo, said she will announce her new location once she finalizes a rental agreement. She hopes to open by June.
“I will continue to be in business, but not in this location,” Thornton said. “I say goodbye to downtown. Stay tuned for more.
Sweeney, a Shell Beach resident, said she chose the name basalt because she “loves the earth element (basalt) and it’s a timeless stone that I use often.”
“I will continue to do what I have been doing, which is boutique interior design services,” Sweeney said. “I will have a unique selection that could furnish an entire house. This includes sofas, modular sofas, tables, unique lighting and unique accessories.
Sweeney added, “I love the wonderful customers. I like being in a historic building in the city center. My family is deeply rooted here in the city center.
Thornton said she will maintain relationships with SLO customers at her new store, saying she plans to have more parking accessibility.
It also looks forward to better loading areas for furniture than at the Higuera location, which required trucks to cross the Mission Plaza bridge to deliver products to the back.
She said rent prices are high in the city center, but that is not the reason she is leaving. Rather, it is about focusing on a more targeted product line.
Thornton also recently opened a new Celadon House store in Santa Barbara at 1224 State St.
“I’ll have new, fresh looks, new products,” Thornton said. “It’s good to change and evolve.
This story was originally published March 3, 2019 9:24 a.m.