A few accents for the home – Colonial Trading Post
What goods and services do you provide?Home accents and furniture from unique and exotic parts of the world, including hand-made tableware (placemats, runners, baskets, candles), lamps and lamp shades; lacquered dining room tables, chairs and bowls; leather-and-hide director’s chairs; shooting stools; magazine racks; side tables; cushions; rustic teak benches; and servers. We also ship all over the world.
What strategy do you use to differentiate your business from your competition?We are direct importers and buy from the manufacturers so we are able to pass along the substantial savings to our clients as well as being the agents of the products. Our products offer a refreshing and contemporary way to decorate any home. It is a family-owned and run business.What philosophy do you follow in dealing with your customers?
We believe that our products offer an interesting, unique and sophisticated way to enhance your home without having to have an “African-themed home.” Our products are great home accents and are very sharp and exciting. Both Michael and Susan are from South Africa and we enjoy conversing and meeting with our clients. We can offer advice and decorating ideas, too.Tell us a little about your background and experience:Both of us have worked for years designing exclusive furniture for lodges, ranches, homes and estates in Africa. We have worked closely with interior designers and encourage them to visit us at our Riverwalk store.
What led you to start a business here?Unfortunately, our country has an uncertain future for our children and it also has an extremely high crime rate and that helped to make our decision to immigrate to this wonderful valley. We did not want to abandon the rural people with whom we had worked so closely, so we established an Internet-based business that enabled us to work from this magnificent place. We now have a store in Riverwalk in Edwards, next to CosBar.Our company provides sustainable livelihoods to more than 1,000 families and we are very proud to be part of the “AIDS for Orphans” project in Swaziland.Vail Colorado
Wolves were a problem for ranchers when Kip Gates’ great-great-grandfather homesteaded in the area. He doesn’t want the problem to return.