EthoSource opens first retail showroom in King of Prussia
UPPER MERION - As a company spokesman put it, it's like getting a Mercedes look at a pre-owned Mercedes price.
When a green-minded law firm was hanging out its shingle at a prestigious address in downtown Lancaster last July, it needed to exude a polished image on a startup budget.
With EthoSource, the partners found a way to outfit their space in a sustainable, stylish and affordable fashion.
One call to the detail-oriented refurbisher of used office furniture took care of everything, recalled Stacey Brubaker, a managing partner of Brubaker, Connaughton, Goss & Lucarelli, LLC.
"It's beautiful furniture that we probably would not have been able to afford had it not been refurbished," Brubaker said. "EthoSource is very customer-service oriented. They deliver what they say they will."
A few pieces were actually new, but made with recycled materials, which suited the partners' desire to shrink their company's environmental footprint as much as possible in a "green" building.
Since helping the Lancaster law firm set up shop, the Berks County-based EthoSource has reached out beyond its Morgantown roots with its first retail location in King of Prussia.
The massive showroom and warehouse, which opened recently on Yerkes Road, offers a stunning variety of pre-owned, refurbished and new office furnishings, from handsome executive desks you wouldn't mind having in your home keeping company with your Ethan Allen couch, to cubicles and chairs.
"Everything we deal in is very high-end, quality furniture," said Mark Kramer, director of retail development. "We're offering the ability to make a high-end impression on clients without the high-end price."
The majority of items made their way here through the liquidation route, after receiving intense makeovers at EthoSource's Morgantown factory, where Etho-style rejuvenation may include painting and recovering.
"We purchase quality used office furniture from companies that are downsizing or going out of business, buying a lot of different furniture, like tables, desks and filing cabinets," Kramer said. "A lot of our liquidations are in the Philly area, so it made sense for us to move the furniture right to King of Prussia."
EthoSource began developing its stellar reputation in the industry by specializing in renovated Herman Miller Ethospace, a frame-and-tile workstation system that creates both a functional and aesthetically attractive setup.
"It's a panel system that can be configured in a number of ways," Kramer said. "We will sell a refurbished $5,000 Ethospace station for $2,000."
EthoSource, LLC was founded by John Gallen, Jr. in 2001 on the logical notion that many businesses, whether they were downsizing, re-organizing, moving or simply upgrading, would gladly opt for like-new, reburbished office furniture as a cost-saving measure if it were made available to them.
Since then the company has helped businesses throughout the country realize the economical benefits of buying "recycled" furniture by embracing every facet of a client's needs, from design to delivery.