Interiors & More
Chariton Area Chamber/Main Street is proud to feature one of our local contributing businesses in the monthly Small Business Spotlight.
This month, we heard from Chris Feehan of Interiors & More. Read on to learn how Chris got into the home store business, what keeps him going, and the personal experience you can count on when shopping at his store.
What is your name and job title/role?
My name is Chris Feehan, I am the owner and manager of Interiors & More.
How long have you been in business in Chariton? Are you the first owner or is it a family/generational business?
13 years this November! Richard Schmidt opened the store in 1977 and he owned it until 1997 when Jack Christensen purchased and operated it until November 2010 when I purchased the store. I worked for Jack from May 1997 until November 2010.
Describe your business. What do you do and how do you do it?
We are a home store that sells paint, window treatments, countertops, cabinets, windows, doors, trim, and flooring of all sorts. We provide free estimates on all that we sell.
Why do you do what you do?
I like to help people make their house a home by giving ideas and helping thoughts to make their ideas come true.
Can you talk about when/why you made the decision to start your own business? Was there a specific moment or realization?
I was at a crossroads on whether to continue helping people with their home decisions or to find a new job because the store was going to close. Was there a specific moment or realization? I didn't want Chariton to lose a business that the community needed. I also received some business planning
from the Chariton Chamber and Indian Hills which made me realize I could make the store work.
What inspires you to keep at it each day?
The chance to improve someones home and the owners happy with the way their home looks.
Why did you choose Chariton for your business?
I have been in Chariton and Lucas County since 1985. I enjoy our community and its residences.
What are your biggest challenges as a business owner?
Being a small business is challenging in a lot of ways. For one keeping retail prices comparable to others. Trying to keep our installation schedule full for installers and finding quality subcontractors to do installations.
What are your biggest rewards?
When people come in and say they loved the work we did and are glad they were able to shop local.
What will people get from your business that they won't get anywhere else?
Caring, non-pushy salespeople who try to help people find exactly what they want at an affordable price.