A 60-year-old business in Clinton will close its doors this fall. Eastman House Furniture is one of the most well-known furniture stores in the area, due in large part to owner, Susan Richeson. The former New York City designer routinely attended furniture shows across the country to make sure her products were in vogue. She plans to retire after owning and managing the store for 25 years.
Natalie Linville-Mass is President of Media Link, Inc. She says Richeson is an inspiration to women.
"At the time that I opened up my agency, I really didn't have a whole lot of women to talk to about what I was going through. She was able to give a real voice to other women who were opening up their own businesses. She's been a really big support."
Linville-Mass says online shopping and big name stores don't compare to Richeson's personal touch.
"Too many times, if you're going into the big box store, you see something that's laid out, but you don't get to talk to the person as to colors, and your living arrangement, and what your scenario is, and how you can customize it."
Richeson's father opened Eastman House Furniture in Clinton nearly 60 years ago, and sold the business to Susan in 1984. November 15th will be the store's final day of business.