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Wednesday, January 25,2012

New in town

Bradly's Home and Garden

by Jon James

Antlers and armoires, feathers and flowerpots, burlap totes and bark wastebaskets: Could one store have them all?

Bradly’s Home and Garden, which has its grand opening Saturday and Sunday, stocks such varied d'cor, in addition to furniture, garden supplies, lighting, other home accessories and reclaimed and salvaged items.

“I’m trying to offer unique but quality items to Lansing, things that no one else has in our area,” says Bradly Rakowski, the store’s owner. While the furniture and other retail items come from all over, Rakowski says that the natural accessories — which include wheat leaves, birch limbs, shed antlers, feathers, reeds and more — are all organically harvested from here in Lansing. The reclaimed items include all sorts of antique and salvaged furniture, choice finds and re-purposed objects, such as metal baskets formerly used in laboratories and decorative piano parts.

All of the new furniture is handmade by Noir Furniture, which specializes in solid birch and mahogany furniture. The store also sells natural honey harvested by a beekeeper from Lansing’s west side. 

“It’s tough to get started in a bad economy,” Rakowski admits, but his plan is to “weather through, and keep offering great customer service and great items. As an Old Town veteran, Rakowski —whose partner is Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope — sees Bradly’s Home and Garden as a good fit for the neighborhood.

“I love Old Town,” he says. “I worked in Old Town in my 20s, and I see (the location) as a really big asset.”

Bradly’s Home and Garden hosts a grand opening celebration Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at its location inside Absolute Gallery on 307 E Grand River Ave. A door prize of a $100 gift certificate will be given away at the event, and wine, beer and light fare will be served.

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