Just months after opening a second retail location in North Loop cooperative D.NOLO, St. Louis Park furniture store Ciel Loft & Home is planning another expansion, taking over Historic Studio's former warehouse, also in St. Louis Park. Ciel co-founder and CEO Andy Higgins is calling it Ciel's "Warehouse Boutique."
"The concept grew out of the popularity of our underground warehouse sales," Higgins says. Those sales have previously been held downstairs from the Excelsior Boulevard flagship store. But the new Warehouse boutique will not be an outlet store, per se—more of a retail events venue, Higgins describes. "So you get the thrill of the hunt but in a more curated format." The new Warehouse Boutique is just blocks from Ciel's main store.
Ciel specializes in authentic imports from around the world, ranging from Turkish pots to antique Asian buffets. Ciel also creates its own unique product—over-dyed rugs, acid washed art and upholstered furniture. With the extra space at the Warehouse Boutique, Ciel plans to bring in other lines "from some people who are doing cool things in town," Higgins says.
Ciel is planning to open the Warehouse Boutique on Oct. 29. 4950 W. 35th St., St. Louis Park