By Sara Moulton
Urban Settler is bringing unique furnishings to Fernie, specializing in reclaimed materials and sustainably harvested Canadian wood products.
A grand opening on December 29 showcased the new store and featured plenty of hor d’oeuvres from other local businesses such as Le Grande Fromage and Yamagoya. Live music added to the atmosphere as over 250 guests attended the event.
Paul Arcoite began the brand in Vancouver in 1998 and has been living in Fernie for over six years. The local showroom had been in planning for some time and, with the help of Christa Moffat, the new store provides the opportunity for clients in south-eastern B.C. and Alberta to view the merchandise in person. In addition to the extensive range of furniture on display, Urban Settler also offers a variety of soft furnishings and accessories to suit all tastes.
“It’s all specialty furniture… we’re design oriented and on top of trends, while still staying as local as possible,” says Arcoite. “We’re focused on having everything that someone needs if they’re updating their condo or house.”
He explained how the use of reclaimed and local materials allows the boutique products to be offered at prices to suit all budgets.
“[Buying and producing locally] puts a better priced product on your floor… a lot of people don’t realize how much of the cost of an item goes towards shipping,” said Arcoite.
Urban Settler specializes in high-quality custom products that can be arranged for production through their Fernie showroom at 561 Highway 3. The can also be contacted through www.urbansettler.com or (250) 423-0820.