Our new neighbors are officially open for business. Hard Goods has set up shop next door to Windsor/Churn, so we stopped in to interview the man behind this great local shop.
Hard Goods is an incredible and eclectic store. Can you describe it in one sentence?
Unique, Arizona handcrafted furniture, gifts, and art with a good dose of carefully curated mid-century modern vintage furniture.
Tell me about your background and why you’re enthused about Hard Goods!
I’ve spent the last decade designing and crafting high-end concrete, steel and wood elements for the home, from concrete sinks, countertops and bathtubs, to conference tables and lounge chairs. Hard Goods is the next step, a retail store where people can touch and interact with my furniture, as well as shop for amazing one-of-a-kind items, such as Shwood wooden sunglasses, or bow ties, be they made of wood or fabric.
Why would I, a fellow beardsman/creative ninja such as yourself, want to shop at Hard Goods?
Birds of a feather flock together, and people of the same aesthetic will find something they can’t find anywhere else. Be it beard grooming products, concrete coasters, little cast concrete cacti, or a vintage Eames lounge chair.
Your work is very masculine—would you say that plays a large role in your creativity? How is that translated in Hard Goods?
I feel Hard Goods is a great creative outlet for me, but I would like to bring in some more products for the female shoppers. When I started with the store I was dating a great girl who was going to help flesh out that aspect of Hard Goods. Unfortunately we’ve split since then, so that is an aspect of the store that I am working on.
What’s something you wish you would have done 5 years ago?
Started building with rammed-earth. It’s what I’ve been working towards for the last 10 years, and is ultimately what I want to do with my life.