Why Small Businesses Matter
Shop small, do big things for your community
Why Small Businesses Matter puts a spotlight on the local merchants who donate their time, talent, goods, and services for the betterment of our community. The shop local movement spreads virally as local businesses who are “tagged” have the opportunity to share their story!
You're IT Mandarine home!
Three questions with Courtney Chessen, founder of Mandarine home.
Why did you start your business?
We love the design and it does not feel like work to us! We were working together for an interior designer for several years and we decided to try branching out on our own. Design is a very unique business and every day is different. We enjoy getting to know our clients and are always looking for ways to learn and get inspired.
We love buying for our stores and constantly changing them around, so everything appears fresh and new. We collaborate with wonderful clients, vendors, tradesmen and have had fun building our brand. Our third store will be opening in Winnetka, IL in September.
What is your best-selling product/service?
Our main business is interior design with retail stores, which we run out of our Chicago location. We noticed a great building for rent in Darien and thought our brand would do well here. The location on Post Road has always been kind of the design corner of town, with Good Goods and Browne & Co as our neighbors. We also love that we can sell more coastal and beachy decor than in our Chicago stores! We sell furniture, lighting, accessories, and gifts.
How many local businesses do you use to support your business (products and services) and can you name them?
We support Darien Upholstery, Barvida, Flowers and Flowers, Browne & Co, Good Goods, Post Corner, 1020 Post.
Courtney and her team would like to nominate Barvida to be featured next!
HamletHub thanks Fairfield County Bank for making our Why Small Businesses Matter series possible!