Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Home and Planet's Successor Opens in Downtown Easton

By Christina Georgiou

RE:find, featuring decorative furnishings "found + fresh", opened Saturday
on Northampton Street in Downtown Easton.
 RE:find, a shop specializing in decorative furnishings "found + fresh", celebrated its grand opening this past Saturday on Northampton Street in Downtown Easton with a daylong event that featured food goodies from a number of local upscale eateries, including Black and Blue and icecream from the Bank Street Creamery.

The store and art gallery, is to replace the popular Home and Planet located in Bethlehem, which is set to close in the face of the building being sold.

Owners Ron Susser and Jon Clark, who are partners in life as well as business, won't have to worry about relocating again though, as Susser owns the new location at 437 Northampton St.

Wine racks made from old terra cotta
drainpipes are one example of the shop's
goods made from reclaimed and repurposed
 The two also moved to Easton about a month ago too, Clark said.

"The vibe here is great," he said, noting that he decided to open the new store in Easton instead of searching for a new location in Bethlehem because there is more new residential construction happening here, and those moving in will be ideal customers.

"What made me think of Easton is everything going on...especially all the apartments across the street," Clark said.

RE:find is similar to Home and Planet, which is "winding down", and features upscale furnishings, decorative items, all constructed from recycled and sustainable materials, with the makers being located all over the globe.

The new shop is clearly ready to go, but more items and artisans will be added in coming months, Clark said.

"We have about 65 artists now," he said. "But this is the beginning of the buying season."

He estimated the shop will ultimately carry goods from about 100 artisans and fine crafters, and he said he plans to bring back a number of new items from upcoming shows in the next month or two as well.

RE:find's downstairs art gallery will regularly feature new
shows from artists, both local and not, said owner Jon Clark.

The downstairs art gallery will showcase new artists and works on a regular basis, Clark said. The current exhibit is "Icons Revised" by New York City artist Pablo Molgora.

That Easton is the perfect place for the new store and gallery, not to mention the couple's new home, Clark is certain.

"We love it," Clark said.
RE:find is open on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

For more about RE:find, visit the store's website at www.refindeaston.com

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