BROOKFIELD — Furniture royalty was in town this week to open the new Stickley Audi & Co. showroom.
The new store, located at 270 Federal Road, features a wide variety of high-end home furnishings, including the historic Stickley brand. Aminy Audi, CEO and chairman of the board, led a grand opening ceremony that included officials from Brookfield and Danbury.
“We are delighted to be in this market. Brookfield is a thriving community,” Audi said. “Clients have the opportunity to find high-quality products, particularly those that are American made. We’re a family-owned company that has been in business since 1900.”
Audi was inducted into the American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame in 2015. The honor is considered one of the most prestigious in the industry and Audi was recognized for her “enduring excellence, innovation and creativity, superior accomplishments, and philanthropic generosity,” according to the Hall of Fame’s foundation.
Farooq Kathwari, chairman, CEO and president of Danbury-based Ethan Allen Interiors, was a 2009 inductee.
Aminy Audi and her late husband, Alfred, purchased the struggling Stickley company in 1974 and returned the historic company to national prominence. It now has 15 showrooms in Connecticut, Colorado, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and North Carolina. It employs nearly 1,500 people in its showrooms and manufacturing facilities.
The Brookfield store is the company’s second in Connecticut. It also has a location in Enfield.
“We think this is a great location,” Audi said. “We have a very talented staff that is ready, willing and well-equipped to make house calls and create beautiful interiors.”
Edward Audi, president of Stickley Audi, added: “We are proud to offer products made in America since 1900. We’re happy to be in the Brookfield-Danbury market.”
Brookfield First Selectman Steve Dunn was impressed by the size of the store and the featured Stickley products.
“It’s a particular style and very popular — it’s simple and clean,” he said. “(The Audis) are nice people and they’re growing the business. I think they’ll be successful there.”
Stickley Audi joins a growing list of furniture stores on Federal Road.
“They like to congregate around each other,” Dunn said. “It makes a lot of sense to do that.”
The roots of Stickley Furniture date back more 120 years when the Stickley brothers began crafting wooden chairs in a small workroom in Binghamton, N.Y.
To reach Stickley Audi & Co., call 203-885-0954.
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