NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. – There are no regrets for Peter and Judy Schotanus who recently moved their family business, Schotanus Design Center from Route 122 in Grafton to 83 Church St. in Northbridge.
At a grand opening and open house on Thursday, they’ve already seen an increase in traffic to their one-stop shop for home design, Judy Schotanus said. In addition, they’ve become part of a community of small businesses.
Among the various kitchen and bath designs in the showroom were elements provided by Petals and Ace Glass, both Church Street businesses. The food came from the Coffee House across the street, and the event was attended by Chamber of Commerce president Jeannie Hebert.
Small businesses are the lifeblood of the economy, that importance highlighted by the attendance of Sen. Richard T. Moore, D-Uxbridge, Sen. Michael Moore, D-Millbury, and Rep. George Peterson, R-Grafton.
The Schotanus’ have been in the construction business for 38 years, and opened their design center in Grafton, in the former hat shop, in 2003.
“We decided, the economy being what it is, to move to a smaller, more practical showroom and the change has been unbelievable,’’ Judy Schotanus said.
“We’re a one-stop shop. It’s based on how much or how little you want,’’ she said. “We can pull permits, add additions, remove walls; we have electricians and plumbers and designers,’’ she said.
The showroom is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.