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A grand opening

May Eynon

Fine-furniture manufacturer Aspen Design Works (ADW) of Carbondale hosted an open house recently to announce the arrival of its inaugural line of custom-built furniture. The 20,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility nestled at the base of Mount Sopris was the setting for the evening event. Though the party was centered in the new showroom, guests were encouraged to wander throughout the building to see the office space and production area. The catered reception included hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and Independence Day-themed cakes, as well as bowls of candy placed around the room. “I’ll go anywhere for M&Ms,” joked guest Adam Frisch as he reached for a handful of sweets.Designers from the realms of Web, graphic arts, interiors and exteriors joined the owners, staff and friends of ADW in celebration of the progress the company has made over the course of nine years. Business partners Mark Terkun, Rob Ashcraft and Bill Budinger’s custom cabinetry and furnishings have been well received by discerning clients in the Aspen and Vail markets.As described by Terkun, the primary designer of the group, the company’s motto is “old world craftsmanship meets modern sensibilities.” “Their distinct brand of craftsmanship and style is what sets them apart from the rest of the field,” noted a designer who attended. ADW’s line of furniture is available to trade professionals through John Brooks Inc. showrooms in Denver, Scottsdale, Ariz., Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, and now Carbondale. John Brooks Inc. owners Arthur Brooks Ellsworth and Marvin John Wilkinson were on hand for the ADW event. “We’re thrilled to have a showroom here in the Aspen valley,” proclaimed Wilkinson. “It’s the finest furniture anywhere,” said Ashley Larson of Denver. “I’d say it’s worth a trip to Carbondale.”ADW expects to expand into three or four additional markets by the end of 2004. To learn more, visit their new Web site, http://www.aspendesignworks.com.To contact May to send info, insight or invites, e-mail: allthewaymaymay@hotmail.com


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