Not that long ago, Erin Bennett operated a custom kitchen and bathroom design business out of her home.
But her longtime dream was to have a showroom where prospective clients could see the cabinetry, countertops, window treatments, and other accessories available for custom kitchens and baths.
With the opening of Final Design at 1601 Lakeshore Drive in St. Joseph this summer that dream was realized. She recently celebrated the new location with a grand opening and ribbon cutting.
Bennett started her design firm while still living in the metro Detroit area. As a result of the recession in 2008, she decided to close the business. Several years later, Bennett and her family moved to St. Joseph and she opened her design firm again, operating it from home.
Bennett has a B.S. in Interior Architecture from Lawrence Technological University and has been a full-time kitchen and bath designer since.
Bennett is a graduate of the POWER program at the Women's Business Center at Cornerstone Alliance. It's an 11-week interactive program for female entrepreneurs who want to launch a business or as in Bennett's case, who owned a business and was ready to take it to the next level.The program teaches the tools and resources to move from a home-based business to a store-front with a showroom
"The Women's Business Center has encouraged, supported and inspired my vision to invest in myself again," says Bennett. "Their optimism about my abilities has given me the perseverance to find a way to grow my kitchen and bath design business."
Final Design is open from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
For more information on Final Design, call (269) 985-3610, or visit their website
Source: Cornerstone Alliance