The Brass Bed – A Family Affair

15
Aug
2017

The store is The Brass Bed, but don’t let the name fool you. They offer the finest linens for the bed, bath, table and kitchen; bedroom furniture; organic mattresses; gifts and tabletop. They also offer designer services, in-home visits, product education, sewing and monogramming. “Many people visit for the first time thinking that we only carry items for the bedroom, but are then pleasantly surprised to see that’s not the case…at all,” says Tiffany Kramer, a longtime member of the sales and design team.Nearly 40 years ago, Rosella Louis opened The Brass Bed in Cherry Creek North, and sold high-end solid brass and iron beds. She quickly found that to properly display the beds, she needed to dress them. Once Rosella started to create bedding designs, her customers were oftentimes more interested in the bedding than in the beds themselves. Realizing there was a market to offer the whole package, she began the search for the best products in the world and has been doing so ever since. They travel all over Europe to find product lines from small, family-run boutique mills that go above and beyond the ordinary.

In 2012, The Brass Bed was looking to expand to Boulder, and it was just a question of where. Rosella looked at several locations and wanted to find a perfect spot that would be convenient for her customers. The Village fit the bill. An added bonus was that Rosella learned that a woman who ran a specialty linen shop in The Village was about to retire.

“Being in The Village has been great,” says Tiffany. “We love our neighbors and share many of the same customers. Clients from Salon Salon will walk over and shop while their color is processing, or we’ll have people come in feeling inspired and wanting to shop after meeting with a designer at KB studio. The Village is one-stop shopping at its best.”

Although there are two locations, The Brass Bed operates as one store with 10 employees, including new owners, Molly Louis Myers, who literally grew up at The Brass Bed, alongside her Mother, Rosella, and Olivia Louis, Rosella’s daughter-in-law. Even though Rosella has officially retired, her legacy will live on under the influence of the next generation, including Laura Colangelo her niece and General Manager of both stores who has been with the company for 16 years. Employees at The Brass Bed stay with the store forever – like Tiffany who first started working in their Denver location in 1997 before taking time off to have and raise her two girls. “Each employee is treated like a member of the family,” says Tiffany. “Everyone works together. If someone is sick or something comes up, people are ready to jump in and help. It’s the company culture that Rosella has instilled since the beginning.”

Says Tiffany, “I feel so lucky to work at The Brass Bed. I love helping customers and I LOVE coming to work. That’s not something you can say often, especially in retail.”

This August, The Brass Bed will be celebrating its 5th anniversary as part of The Village Family.