Deerhaus Decor is not your typical boutique. New to Cincinnati just six months ago, the shop’s purpose is to provide a brick and mortar location for local artists and manufacturers to sell goods. Inspired by a passion for sustainability and ethicality, the shop’s owners noticed a desire for a boutique like theirs in the area. “We wanted to be part of this growing city. We went to Findlay Market and got 300 surveys answered about what people wanted to see in the area, which were small-batch, USA-made products,” says shop owner Sonja Thams. And with that, Deerhaus Decor was born.
For the minds behind the boutique, consumer education is key. The shop refers to itself as a transparent boutique retailer, meaning it promotes communication with shoppers about who created the product, where it came from, and what materials it is made of. The shop’s products fall under the categories apparel, furniture, bath and body, jewelry and paper goods.
Most of these products are manufactured in the USA, however consumers can stumble upon globally-sourced items as well. “If our products are not manufactured here in the US, they are from manufacturers in countries we have personally traveled to. We make sure all these products are handmade, ethical and small-batch,” said Thams.
A family business, Deerhaus Decor is owned by Sonja Thams and her boyfriend Benjamin Deering. Thams’ passion lies in the design aspect of the store. She graduated from the Columbus College of Art and Design and received a degree in interior architecture and design. Deering recently graduated with a degree in entrepreneurial economics from the College of Wooster. With collaboration between design and entrepreneurship, the team combined their visions to create Deerhaus Decor.
On top of retail, the boutique offers by-appointment interior design. In a studio located at the side entrance of the building, Thams offers freelance interior design and textile design. “We are only six months old, but we’d love to see this grow. While we’re still working on the current shop, it’d be fun to have a maker-space to foster local artists in the future,” said Thams.
Check out the unique boutique for yourself at 135 West Elder Street in Cincinnati in Ohio’s Historic Findlay Market. To learn more, visit http://www.deerhausdecor.com.