A Bit Of History

Annette Callari, Allied ASID; CMG

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My work takes me from Santa Barbara to San Diego. The upside to covering all those miles is that I get to meet quality floor covering retailers throughout half the state of California, and see all the latest in the world of flooring. Sometimes it’s not only newly introduced products that are newsworthy, but the store itself that stands out. One that certainly caught my attention recently was Old Town Flooring, a quaint family-owned store in Tustin, California. The historic downtown district of Tustin is totally charming, and Old Town Flooring fits right in as its center point. The building that houses Old Town was built in 1880 in a nearby location. In 1900 huge logs were used to transport the building (literally roll it) to its present location. Its history is rich and diverse in that it was once a meat market, then a community billiard hall, eventually becoming a sheet metal-works factory, and finally, housing Old Town Flooring.

TUSTIN_STORE_002_350There is a warm, welcoming ambience that surrounds you the minute you walk in the front door. Perhaps it’s the sunlight streaming through generous skylights, or the friendly little pooch that excitedly greets you, or the owner offering you a steaming cup of coffee. Whatever it is, it feels right.

Owner, Marge Redmond, is dedicated to making her customers (both the public and interior designers) have a pleasant experience as they browse for floor coverings and make some big decorating decisions. Her many years of experience in the floor covering business makes her an excellent guide amidst the many choices of hard and soft surface materials. Carpet, hardwoods, tile, area rugs, and luxury vinyl tile floors are all on hand and beautifully displayed. This store owner has carefully aligned with quality manufacturers to provide unique, well-constructed materials that include well-known American-made brands, along side some imaginative (and definitely high-style) European carpets and rugs. Masland Carpets, Wools of New Zealand, Arizona Tile, Amtico Luxury Vinyl Plank and Tile, and DuChateau Hardwoods are among the prestigious brands. Bottom line: quality, reputation, and solid product warranties are the hallmarks of the manufacturers showcased. A long-time member of the World Floor Covering Association, Marge Redmond also served as Past President for the Southern California Floor Covering Association. (You can locate other fine national retail members of WFCA right on this website. Click on “Find a Retailer” on our home page.)

Floor coverings continue to be one of the major design choices that a consumer will ever make. It’s a worthwhile investment of decorating dollars, time, and energy, but requires some research on your part. With so many good retailers to choose from, selecting floor coverings has evolved from what used to be perceived as an overwhelming “task”, to a rewarding, well-guided selection process. Today’s floor covering professionals aren’t selling you something, they are professionals guiding you through the selection process, to find what best suits your tastes and needs. They know how to make you feel comfortable, welcome, and most of all, how to create a memorable experience.

For more information on flooring visit the World Floor Covering Association’s Consumer Carpet & Flooring Guide.