Business Profile: Adore Brings Worldly Goods to Mystic Shoppers
Deborah and Rick Kollmeyer have long had a love for traveling the world. They have explored everywhere from the Galapagos Islands to the base camp of Mount Everest, eschewing guided tour packages in favor of discovering the character of a locale on their own.
The couple has now brought a taste of their international travels to downtown Mystic. On October 6, they opened a new shop, Adore, at 26 West Main Street.
Deborah says she has seen a strong demand for unique, quality home décor products. Home goods stores often sell reproduction items which can be found in countless residences. The couple realized that the products they found in shops and markets around the world would appeal to buyers in Mystic.
Adore includes products such as vintage Murano glass jars from Italy, ceramics from Thailand, and French linens. The store also has goods such as jewelry, furniture, and hand-hammered stainless steel items.
“We’re really trying to support some of the smaller companies that are out there,” says Deborah. “I’m trying to find a good assortment of different vendors.”
The grand opening took place on the weekend of October 6-8. It included local musicians, visits from local artists Karen Murphy and Jessica Huard, and food catered by Chapter One, Sift Bake Shop, and the Spicer Mansion.
Deborah and Rick lived in Boston for several years. However, Rick was familiar with southeastern Connecticut since he originally grew up in Groton.
“I just love Mystic,” says Deborah. “The first time Rick brought me down here to visit his parents I fell in love with it.”
Deborah has owned her own business, Distinct Interior Designs, for 16 years. Her interior design work focuses mostly on kitchens and bathrooms, and she has worked on homes throughout New England. She has won several awards for her work and had a design featured in the magazine “Southern New England Home.”
Rick has headed several entrepreneurial ventures, including the establishment of a two software companies and the distributed marketing platform Direxxis. After the latter company was acquired in 2015, he and Deborah moved to Stonington.
Although they originally planned to live in Connecticut only during the summer, they enjoyed the community so much that they decided to make it a permanent residence. They also purchased a commercial building in downtown Mystic. When one of the tenants moved out, they decided it was a perfect opportunity to open a shop featuring items from around the world.
Deborah says she will continue her interior design work, and also plans to offer design services through Adore. She also hopes the store will be able to offer e-commerce, wedding registries, and free specialty events.
The Kollmeyers have been Valenti customers since arriving in southeastern Connecticut. Deborah says Rick drives a Jeep and “wouldn’t take it anywhere else” for servicing.
For more information on Adore, call 617-512-0044 or visit adore.world.