The innovative Delray Beach-based and woman-owned firm of Architec Housewares recently acquired both Madeira Housewares of Jupiter and the Starboard Collection, based in Vermont, as it prepares for balanced growth in the boutique retail sector.
Curating appealing collections of sustainable merchandise while artfully filling the gaps in the retail housewares market since 2000, Architec Housewares has more than doubled its growth in recent years.
By acquiring the two businesses, the company hopes to address minor gaps in its offerings while retaining its unique appeal to consumers.
Madeira Housewares offers quality teak cutting boards sourced from Brazil. Architec Housewares president and CEO Jenna Sellers-Miller expressed enthusiasm about educating consumers about “the importance of sustainable forestry practices."
"The Madeira company frames our current business really nicely at the premium level as well as with their offerings at grocery," Sellers-Miller said. "We're especially excited to incorporate their products — all sourced from plantation farms that are managed sustainably to plant as they cut.”
Vermont’s Starboard Collection features portable products for patio, pool, picnicking and camping made of durable plastic polypropylene. Architec foresees expanding the offerings to include acrylic glassware, utensils and serving pieces.
"We recognize that retailers are currently underserved in this category," Sellers-Miller said. "With the Starboard addition, we'll be able to develop a robust line to address the needs of retailers and the growing chorus of consumers who live their lives on the go."
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