If you are looking for a unique piece of furniture or an accent that will add a wow factor to your home or garden, browse the showroom at Hopkins Blvd. Home Accents (8300 Earhart Blvd., 864-0277). The business will be relocating soon, and merchandise is currently priced 60 to 80 percent off.
From a simple Mongolian stool to a hand-carved mahogany throne, Hopkins stocks many one-of-a-kind pieces from India, Indonesia, Thailand, China and other exotic places.
Hopkins' central location on Earhart Boulevard off Carrollton Avenue is a former bubble gum factory built with wood-beam construction in 1910. The store typically features dining sets, chairs, benches, beds, chests, shelves and more, as well as bamboo wind chimes, textiles, tableware, frames, boxes, wooden sculptures and other decorative accents. Everything in the shop is handmade.
Owners Todd Kinard and Jim Peresich work directly with the artisans who make the items in the store, so they are knowledgable about what they carry. All the furniture is made of solid wood, and Hopkins carries items made of a several different types: teak, mahogany and zebrawood, to name a few.
"We're very eco-friendly," Kinard says. "We use only plantation wood and reclaimed wood."