Marty and Brenda Roberson were regular customers of Vintage West Interiors for years leading up to their decision to purchase the business at the end of 2021. Since taking ownership Jan. 1, 2022, the Robersons and their daughter, Suzi Tillitski, said, they have enjoyed learning about what it takes to run a furniture store, as well as learning more about the furniture industry as a whole.
“We’ve been dedicated to transforming and expanding the store to reflect our unique vision!” they said.
Vintage West Interiors carries an extensive inventory, curated from dozens of vendors, but some items get more attention than others.
“Four Seasons Furniture is a company out of North Carolina that manufactures a line of high-quality custom upholstery for Vintage West, most notably their slip-covered sofas, sectionals and swivel gliders. This brand is a fan-favorite because of the solid craftsmanship (which is backed by a lifetime warranty), easy to remove form-fitted slipcovers and the fact that their products are all made in the USA. Not to mention, these are some of the most comfortable sofas/chairs on the market!” said Store Manager Ariel Thornton.
“Another unique product Vintage West carries is Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. There are dozens of brands of chalk paint available; however, Annie Sloan is the one who started it all! The paint can be used on wood, glass, metal, brick, laminate or even fabric, giving old pieces a new life!” she continued. “Another notable product Vintage West offers is high-quality outdoor furniture. We even have a whole second store dedicated to showcasing it! Vintage West Outdoor is located directly behind their main store at 209 First Ave. SW in downtown Cullman, and carries outdoor sofas, lounge chairs, dining tables and chairs, accent furniture and fire pits, as well as lamps and lighting, accessory pieces, grills and more.”
Vintage West also offers interior design services as well. Thornton studied Interior Design at the University of North Alabama and is happy to help customers create their dream spaces.
The business serves a wide area, and is especially popular with homeowners on Smith Lake. One of its most recent projects was the home of Bart and Renee Walker. This project has been in the works since late 2021, but supply chain issues delayed staging until spring of this year.
“Bart and Renee hired Vintage West to decorate their home from top to bottom. We provided all the furniture, lighting, rugs, bedding, artwork and outdoor furniture,” Thornton said. “When home construction was complete, we sent our delivery crew and decorator to turn the empty space into a warm, cozy home for the Walkers to enjoy!”
The new owners said their favorite aspect of the business is meeting and interacting with the customers.
“Marty and Brenda have lived on Smith Lake for years. They are always excited to strike up a conversation and spend a little time getting to know their local customers, several of whom have turned into good friends!” said Thornton.
“Cullman is a relatively small town, but visitors come from all over the country to explore and shop in our town! Brenda loves chatting with these visitors and hearing about their homes,” she continued. “So many customers from other parts of the state/country have shopped at Vintage West that Marty had a cork board map of the U.S. made for his office so he could place a pin on the places our customers visit from!”
Marty, Brenda and Suzi said they look forward to continuing to grow their business and help their customers create their dream homes.
“We’ve been dedicated to transforming and expanding the store to reflect our unique vision!”
New owners Marty and Brenda Roberson and their daughter Suzi Tillitski