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Vern Carlson of Sedona tries a new style rocker in the Amish furniture store in Prescott Gateway mall. Carlson liked the design features.
And that, he explained, is what differentiates The Glass Table from other stores. If a customer likes a particular style, but wants it in a different size, shape or color, "we'll custom-make the whole thing for them from scratch," Maltby said.
Unless it includes significant upgrades in materials, customizing items does not increase prices by much, Maltby said, because, in most cases, "we're making it anyway."
In addition to its wide selection of merchandise, the store also provides complete interior design services. Its retail selection includes items such as glass tables (of course), mirrors, stone counter-tops, granite tables, steel and fabric chairs, and numerous accessories.
High Desert Golf, an independently owned golf shop, also recently opened directly across from The Glass Table. It is the store's first and only location.
Bob Kelley, store manager and part-owner, teamed up with a partner in Chicago (who owns a second home in Prescott) to launch the new store because they thought the area – which is becoming something of a golf mecca – needed it.
The nearly 3,000-square-foot store sells a variety of brand-name merchandise, including clothes, clubs, shoes, bags, balls and hats. It also has a hitting net, and it offers services such as re-gripping, re-shafting and club-fitting. It also allows customers to try out clubs for free.
"We feel that if people are going to spend a lot of money on clubs, you should try them out first," he explained.
Steiner's Amish Furniture, located on the other side of The Glass Table, opened its 3,900-square-foot store about two weeks ago.
Steiner's, which two Amish brothers own, has operated one other store in Sun City for the past three years, said local manager Kevin Chupp.
The store carries a wide selection of solid-wood furniture, including chairs, tables, entertainment centers and computer desks. Basically, Chupp explained, the store sells everything but upholstered furniture.
All items are hand-made by Amish craftsmen in Ohio, he said. Customers can choose from among oak, maple or cherry, as well as 12 different stain colors.
Chupp, who recently moved to Prescott from Indiana, is a Mennonite. While the two religions share some similarities, Mennonites are not as strict about eschewing modern conveniences and technologies, such as the telephone and the automobile.
Other new stores which have opened recently at the mall include:
• Hall of Frames, a 2,500-square-foot store offering picture frames and related services.
• Hi-Health, a 5,000-square-foot store offering nutritional products.
• Lazy Bones, a 1,900-square-foot store selling swings, hammocks and other outdoor furniture and items.
In addition, V-Generation, a 5,600-square-foot clothing store, plans to open within the next couple of weeks, while Industrial Ride Shop, a 1,300-square-foot store selling skateboards, clothes and related items, also plans to open within the next couple of weeks.
According to Conrad, the mall's next big wave of merchants will come in the form of more interior tenants, as well as large "homerun" stores and restaurants on the numerous out-parcels surrounding the mall. Although he would not identify who those "homeruns" might be, he said that Westcor Partners, the mall's Phoenix-based owner and manager, has been negotiating with a number of interested companies.
While the mall is anticipating strong "back-to-school" sales and, after that, holiday sales, Conrad said business already has been steady, especially with the summer influx of tourists, softball players and rodeo participants and enthusiasts.
"Those were a big bonus," he said.
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