Monday, December 2, 2013

31 Days of Sensational Shops - Coventry Decor

31 Days of Sensational Shops is a month long tour of geeky, fantasy and/or monster-filled shops in December. Please stick around to learn more about today's Sensational Shop!

Today's Sensational Shop is Coventry Decor - run by Aradia Willard!

Tell us about you - the creator!

I love horses, reading, all manner of geeky things, and classic decor style!

Describe your shop and what you sell

I make geeky barware, such as etched glasses and hand-engraved flasks. The designs are permanent and dishwasher safe, so you never have to worry about them coming off!

What is your product to make? Why?

I love making all of my pieces, because people are SO excited to see them at conventions! I think my favorite design at the moment is my Totoro glass. 

How and when did you start your business?

In 2009, I threw a Fullmetal Alchemist theme birthday dinner party for a friend. When we couldn't find any dinnerware, I decided to make some myself. Several of the guests offered to buy their dinner sets from me, and I thought "why not?" It's been a fun ride for the last four years! 

Anything else you would like to add?

I feel the business has really matured in the last year. I'm leaning more toward original designs and weeding out some of the low performers. We opened a second shop, Coventry Pet, when we expanded into dog and horse breed glasses, and have started selling wholesale to locally-run businesses, such as game stores, book shops, and a dog groomer. 

Where can buyers find you?

On Etsy

Thank you so much for stopping by and meeting Aradia Willard of Coventry Decor! See you tomorrow for another Sensational Shop!