Ridgway’s Bluecorn Beeswax to Enter Space & Focus on Growth in New Montrose Location
The sale of 1842 S. Townsend Avenue in Montrose, formerly the home of Furniture Connection, closed Tuesday, allowing Bluecorn Beeswax owner Jon Kornbluh to begin renovation of the property (renovations inside the building started Wednesday).
The sale closed for $1.75 million. Bluecorn Beeswax (beeswaxcandles.com), a candle store in Ridgway, will relocate to Montrose with an immediate upgrade in square footage.
The store’s location in Ridgway, roughly 4,500 square feet, was no longer big enough to accommodate the company’s accelerating growth, largely direct-to-consumer
sales via Amazon and the company’s website skyrocketed in the past year, Kornbluh said. With the new location, Kornbluh and his employees will have more room to play with – a little more than 25,000 square feet.
“We started looking around for buildings, and there wasn’t really something in Ridgway to accommodate us, and most of our employees work in Montrose, so it seemed like an obvious fit,” Kornbluh said in an interview. “We looked at the possibility of building a facility in Montrose, but my preference was to find an existing building and we did just that.”
“Ed (DeJulio) was kind enough and gracious enough to do the deal with us.”
The sale finalizes a run of 20 years for former Furniture Connection owner Ed DeJuilo who has been in the furniture business since 1963, when he established Flairmont Furniture, which will remain open (1836 E. Main St.) and is operated by Ken and Mark DeJulio, Ed’s son and nephew.
Furniture Connection opened in 2001, and recently completed a 60-day run liquidating its existing inventory in sales after DeJulio announced in March he would close the store.