In search of that one-of-a-kind antler candlestick or vintage rocking horse? Head Ludlow Home, Greenwood's interior design boutique filled with unique housewares you never knew you needed. Shop owner Rich Rochon specializes in nautical- and prep-inspired finds, refurbished vintage furniture (we're currently coveting a couch made from salvaged Levi denim), and decorative items for the bath and pantry. Say hello to Ludlow in our exclusive interview with Rochon here:
Shop Talk: What song or album is playing on your store’s sound system right now?
Rochon: Dog Days Are Over by Florence and the Machine. Love it!
What was your first job? How does it compare to your job now?
I worked at a little corner store in Ballard called Mr. Bill's stocking shelves and sweeping up and got paid in rolls of quarters for the Asteroids machine. The biggest difference is I don't play Asteroids anymore, but I'm still stocking shelves and sweeping floors.
What’s your favorite thing in the store right now?
I really am crazy for carnival artifacts and I have a very cool, unintentional collection right now. But that's a close tie with this amazing old leather chair I upholstered with worsted wool.
Where do you shop when you’re not at your store?
I do love digging around for treasures in odd locations out in Kitsap since I live on Bainbridge Island. For clothing and such I like the men's shop at Baby and Co. and Unionmade in San Francisco. I lived in San Francisco for 20 years and could do a whole shopping list for that city, too.
What do you love about your store’s neighborhood?
I grew up in this neighborhood and it has changed immensely. I love all the great restaurants and I really love the folks that live here. Phinneywood has a cool vibe and fun atmosphere with tons of energy.
What nearby, coffee shops, etc do you recommend?
There is so much to see near Ludlow: Herkimer for coffee, Bluebird for ice cream, Flourish for letterpress cards, Terra Bella for locally grown flowers, The Yard for tacos, and Yanni's for amazing Greek food. I could go on and on. This neighborhood is really wonderful.
What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened in your store?
Before this I've never really done retail before and was quite shocked when someone stole a candle from me and then tried to return it. I totally busted her.