June Moon Furniture owner Maureen Popkin has realized a dream: The Berkley businesswoman recently launched her own Michigan-made commercial line.
The new line includes chairs, table bases and table tops that feature the same mid-century modern style of the residential products Popkin sells in her Coolidge Highway shop and on its website.
Commercial furniture is designed for use in offices, universities, hospitals and architectural firms, among other business locations, Popkin said.
"What I'm really excited about is that the line will be made at factories in central and western Michigan," said Popkin, whose background is in the commercial and contract industries. "I am so proud of the fact we can do what the major manufacturers are doing with lower prices and shorter lead times."
The commercial line, which is called June Moon Furniture, fulfills a goal to branch out from residential product sales that Popkin set for herself when she opened her furniture and design shop one year ago. The commercial products are available at junemoonfurniture.com and Popkin is in negotiations with furniture dealerships to carry the line, she said.
"My retail and online businesses are primarily imports," Popkin said, explaining why the commercial line means so much to her. "I just think it's really important that we, as Americans, buy local so we support our small businesses."
June Moon Furniture's launch is well-timed, as the office furniture industry continues to show modest improvement, according to a quarterly survey conducted in October by Michael A. Dunlap & Associates LLC of more than 700 domestic and international manufacturers and suppliers.
Popkin said she is looking to hire an independent representative to promote the commercial line and plans to hire a couple more employees next year as well.
In the meanwhile, Popkin will continue to sell residential furniture, including Eames and Bertoia reproductions, and offer design services at her Berkley shop.
"I encourage people to bring photos or newspaper clippings because we have the ability to put that together like Design on a Dime," she said. "We're not your average furniture store. We really want to engage with your family and the dynamics of how you live."