The former home and garden store Noble in downtown Lexington is getting new life as three friends work to open a high-end refurbished furniture and home goods store in the space.
Business partners Jessica Faber and Amber Cleaver of Port Huron and Sue Armstrong of Fort Gratiot Township are planning to open Co. Home Furnishings on May 28 at 7247 Huron Ave.
“We want to make this epic,” Faber said.
The store space has been empty since late 2019 when Noble’s owners decided to retire and end their 12-year run in the village. The historical building was built in 1882 and remodeled in 2006.
Faber learned she loved flipping furniture as a teen and for 10 years has dreamed of owning a storefront. She looked for spaces in Port Huron, “but my heart was up here,” she said.
When she saw the former Noble space was available to rent in April, she saw her chance and reached out to her friends.
“It was all me, then I drug them into it,” Faber said.
They signed the lease May 1 and have been working on it since. People have already been stopping by to inquire about the big paper sign that says “Coming Soon!” in the windows.
Faber said they have a lot of mid-century, boho style pieces. They take furniture and embellish it to make one-of-a-kind and unique pieces, with some wholesale items from artists across the United States.
“It’s kind of like an Etsy for wholesale, bulk items,” Faber said.
The store will have jams, jellies, honeys and potentially homemade bread in the future, all locally made, and Thumb Roast Coffee products. They plan to sell fresh cut bouquets from a local florist in the near future as well.
Armstrong has a “perfect corner” of the store for selling inspirational home good items, like mugs that say “hope as an anchor for the soul.” And Cleaver said there will be original, locally made art pieces.
“We want to help other people be successful, also,” Cleaver said.
The friends plan to have a garden in the yard and an art gallery in a back room. They are not renting the upper floor of the building, which Faber said the owners have turned into a “gorgeous” Airbnb.
The business partners plan to have a ribbon cutting 11 a.m. May 28 for Co. Home Furnishings. After that hours will be 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, though they might change seasonally depending on interest.
People can book special appointments for the space and Faber said moving forward the space can be used for events like art classes and scrapbooking.
Faber said she hopes people will come in, have a coffee and chat with them, take home pieces of furniture and art they love and remember where they got it from.
“I want them to feel at home,” Faber said.