To say the least, 2020 has been an eventful 12 months for Brian and Nicole Thompson of Gloucester.
The couple went into the 12 months with their sights set on opening a brand new customized furnishings retailer and getting married, bringing collectively their households to make a unit of 11 — six youngsters, three canine, and themselves.
And because the novel coronavirus pandemic put a damper on so many bold individuals’s plans, Brian and Nicole did all of it.
“We’ve tried to make one of the best out of 2020,” Nicole mentioned.
In April of what is going to go down as probably the most topsy-turvy 12 months of the last decade, the Thompsons opened their customized furnishings retailer, Gloucester Design at 108-110 Business St.
“We opened our personal store throughout the pandemic as a result of we have now six children all collectively, and having the flexibleness to run our personal enterprise makes it rather a lot simpler on us,” Brian mentioned. He admitted that whereas the enterprise could be a bit extra nerve-racking, it’s simpler for him and the spouse to regulate their schedules to fulfill their youngsters’s wants
At Gloucester Design, the couple works to create customized furnishings that’s snug, memorable and provoking.
Their work has moved from customized tables to cabinetry to retailer fixtures, architectural mill work to restaurant and industrial work, to wooden ending, stair treads, and customized built-ins.
“We’re a one-stop store for customized furnishings,” Brian mentioned, who has years of expertise doing historic replication work on houses from the 1600s and 1700s.
Beforehand a nurse, Nicole went again to highschool to earn an inside design certificates.
Since they opened on Business Avenue, the couple — who married aboard the 65-foot schooner Thomas E. Lannon months after opening their store — are happy with how nicely enterprise has been thus far regardless of the circumstances.
“We’ve got actually finished nicely throughout the pandemic,” Nicole mentioned. “In all probability as a result of persons are residence and their homes extra. We acquired extra work than we anticipated.”
The couple should not the one ones within the household who get artistic. Their six youngsters, all between the ages of 4 and 9, can typically be discovered drawing designs and doing their very own woodworking initiatives.
Have they got six prodigies?
“Presumably,” Nicole laughed. “We are going to see.”
Taylor Ann Bradford will be reached at 978-675-2705 or firstname.lastname@example.org.