Entrepreneurs deliver High Quality in Lowlands – Marc Kurtis Interiors successfully competes with “Ca$h In The Attic” or “Pier 1 Imports”

“Some men see things as they are and say, ‘Why?‘ I dream of things that never were and say, ‘Why not?‘”

  • George Bernard Shaw

This pretty much sums up Mark Teddy Clements when he and his partner Curtis Greenidge got the idea to start a niche in Barbados for antiques. There was Bits N’Bobs at first in Balmoral Gap, but this had no room for restoring beautiful items which need large space to sand, polish and resuscitate into the thing of glory it was in halcyon days.

A labour of love, tea sets like this have real silver and must be polished every week!

Proud of his mixture of a French & Welsh heritage, Mark followed in his father’s footsteps with his love for ancient furniture and this was passed on by his grandmother’s fascination for objets d’arts and he makes sure the items are reasonably priced {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

He recalled his grandmother’s furniture and the books she had about them, now, Teddy will scour the internet to make sure his pricing remains competitive despite being a leader in a niche market.

This is genuine hand-made furniture oil, the recipe is secret so far but Mark intends to cajole it from Curis so if the supply runs out when Curtis may be on a trip then Mark can make more for the customers!

Alan Juman suggested they expand their operations by situating themselves near Platinum Services and Williams Metals (drive past those two places on your left if coming from Ocean Park side – it’s the Slumberfoam Complex when you turn, take sharp left by Pink Flags) and so “Marc Kurtis Interiors” was born! It began in December last year which is usually a great time to start an idea, since you can get swept right along with the Christmas rush…

The place opened in December but it was much toil, tears and sweat from July 2011, when Teddy laid in the drywall himself and made sure the wiring was just so! Even when “Marc Kurtis Interiors” began, he did not leave it to chance – Teddy set targets and has either met or just scooted under the goals set for prosperity…

Mark Teddy Clements in his element - The executive on the phone wheeling and dealing before the interview starts...

The company is actually altruistic and yet clever, their staff is a small complement yet seeking to keep the economy on a certain track {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

Marc Kurtis Interiors has done well in spite of the current fiscal doldrums the rest of Barbados is experiencing, so much so, the firm employed three people who used to be artisans but lost their “day-jobs” as security and other professions and are now able to resume in the trade of restoring furniture…

Not unlike Pier 1 Imports, this is the design side of "Marc Kurtis Interiors" these cushions are not factory bought but individually stitched, no effort spared for quality!

The plan is to have one area for antiques and another complex for handling the decoration of clients’ spaces, Mark looks at what he’d like in the year ahead {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

Preferring the Lowlands location for the space afforded to restoring objects, he envisions another place where Curtis can expand on his concept of decorating clients’ homes and offices…

This is a Tiffany lamp, they are few and far between when you find one let Mark & Curtis do an evaluation, you may be surprised at the true value!

Teddy is extremely proud of his ability to bring back furniture to how it used to be – there is a walnut cabinet he’s extremely excited to start using his skills as it is a very rare piece {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

The piece is known as a Compact Tom – made for a gentleman to carry clothing, hats, shoes and documents while sailing on a cruise… Obviously this ‘Tom’ from 1890 never made it on to the Titanic!

The exterior of this highly specialised and compartmented wardrobe is sheer walnut, it's known as a Compact Tom and it is from 1890 London, no less than Regent Street! Mark is just itching to make the "Tom" anew once more!

Mark Teddy Clements says by their having a niche market, the clientele has made the new enterprise a thriving one, with a Social Media presence their customers include overseas offers as well {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

He feels Barbadians should revive and restore rather than discard, he noted how Marc Kurtis Interiors can even sandblast metal objects back to almost new again.

Mark Teddy Clements even says if any readers find old furniture or pictures which seem rotten and collapsing, to call him at (246) 418-0662 and set up an appointment to see if the work can be rescued, rather than wrecked!

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