Nest Midwest offers a West Coast aesthetic to downtown Northfield with its eclectic collection of art, furniture, lighting, and decorative pieces from across the globe.
Northfield Patch recently caught up with store owner, Nicole Stofflet, to learn more about the past, present, and future of her business.
Have you ever had a day where you just wanted to quit?
Never. This has been a dream of mine forever.
When did you first realize that you wanted to own a store like Nest Midwest?
I went to school for interior design and art history, but I couldn't find a job in my field. I took that as a sign to start my own business. So, I started looking for locations to start my business. I visited Northfield, and I just fell in love with the town. I kept coming back to this place, and I knew that I wanted to start a business here.
What excites you most about your business' future?
Part of our intention has always been to do more in home consulting with our clients. In terms of pieces, we would like to include more "grab 'n' go" accessories. Also, we are gravitating toward imported pieces from around the globe.
If you could go back to when you were first starting your company, what would you do differently?
I would've started it sooner!
What do customers like best about your business?
Customers enjoy the eclectic mix of furniture pieces and the atmosphere. They always say that the store feels so cozy, that they could just camp out in here.
Name your proudest business moment.
The grand opening brought a great response from the community. We had a ton of traffic and sold a variety of items.
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Location: 13 Bridge Square
Ashley R. Tanberg is an intern for the Northfield Enterprise Center and Northfield Patch.