Stacey's Home Decor has a new Lynn home

May 14, 2013
By Sean Leonard/The Daily Item

Just two years shy of 100 years of business in Lynn, the family owned Stacey’s Home Decor is settling into its new showroom, office and workspace at 20 Wheeler St., Suite 105.

Vinny Lozzi began working at Stacey’s in 1972 and learned the business from the company’s founder, Leon Stacey, who launched it in 1915 out of a pushcart he would travel with to city homes to mend shades and screens. Lozzi bought the company from the founder’s son, Franklin Stacey, in 1985.

Today, the company offers a wide range of high-end and economy window treatments — interior and exterior shutters, blinds and draperies — and Lozzi also fabricates his own line of Stacey’s shades, which have loyal Lynn and North Shore customers.

Award-winning interior decorator Mary Bahar also works with Stacey’s and many of her custom draperies are displayed on the wall of the new showroom. The shop is also a Hunter Douglas brand showcase dealer, with a wide range of Hunter Douglas blinds and shades on display.

Just as it was with its original owners, Stacey’s today is very much a family business. Lozzi’s wife, Phyllis, works for the company, along with their daughter Melinda Lozzi and sons Brian Lozzi and Vinny Lozzi III. And grandson Brent Lozzi, 16, a student athlete at St. Mary’s High School, also works part-time, helping with screen repair and installations.

Lozzi said the business, which over a century has had five different Lynn locations, moved from 26 Joyce St. to the new Wheeler Street address in January because it has ample space for screen and shade work, a delivery bay and the showroom in the front portion of the split-level shop.

“We haven’t had a showroom in a couple of years but now we can tell customers to come and see what we have,” Melinda Lozzi said.

Vinny Lozzi said the business ebbs and flows with the economy, but superior service has kept it going.

“The big box stores have some of the products but they don’t offer the same service as I do,” he said, noting he has a lower-price guarantee for the same products. “And the box stores will hire contractors to do installations whereas we do the installation ourselves.”

Stacey’s has regular business hours (9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays), and Phyllis Lozzi said the shop also meets customers for scheduled night and Sunday appointments.

“I think that’s why we’ve been able to stay alive — even through recessions — is because people keep calling and come back to us because of the service,” Vinny Lozzi said.

“We have customers come in with shades they bought here 30 years ago that might be dusty but are still in good condition. They just think it’s time to get new ones,” Melinda added.

“We have two customers who have houses on the Cape and they want us to go down (to decorate),” Vinny Lozzi said, adding that Stacey’s products are in many upscale North Shore homes and historic properties, including Marblehead’s Abbot Hall. And Stacey’s also works with a number of commercial customers, including some schools and colleges, he said.

Plantation shutters (interior window treatments), he said, are particularly popular today with residential clients, “and will last for the life of the home.”

Melinda and Brian Lozzi, along with their father and Bahar, handle in-home consultations and installations, while Vinny Lozzi III heads up the screen and shade repair business. Walk-in repair service is a steady part of the business, and Vinny Lozzi said repairs are typically done within two days.

While torn screens are common, Vinny Lozzi said many homeowners might not be aware there are pet proof screens today — which Stacey’s carries — that will not tear when scratched by a dog or cat.

There will be a ribbon-cutting for an official grand opening of the new shop and showroom on May 20, but Vinny Lozzi said he expects work to set up the shop will continue through the end of June.

Visit the new Stacey’s Home Decor shop or its website, www.staceyshomedecor.com for more information about the company, or call the company at 781-595-0097.

Sean Leonard can be reached at sleonard@itemlive.com



 

 


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