CANTON, Ohio — Governor Mike Dewine said 90% of Ohio’s economy is back open, including retail. But some businesses, like Main Street Modern in Canton, are still taking it slow.
Inside Main Street Modern’s 40,000-square-foot warehouse in downtown Canton, you’ll find three floors filled with thousands of pieces of antique furniture.
Adam Hoover is the owner.
“Main Street Modern, we believe, is the largest mid-century furniture store in the country,” he said. “We have everything from the college apartment to the New York City penthouse.”
That “something for everyone” feel is what attracts people from all over the world to see Hoover’s collection.
“One of the largest markets for us outside of this country is Japan,” said Hoover.
His furniture has withstood the test of time, and now Hoover is testing time, too. Even though Governor Mike DeWine gave the green light to retail stores to open up, he decided to wait to open up and see if coronavirus cases spike.
“I want to take a serious approach to what’s going on and we just wanted to wait a little bit longer and make sure that everything was good,” he said.
Main Street Modern closes every winter, so Hoover and his team can restock the warehouse.
“We have this grand opening in April and the parking lot fills, up the road fills up and we have a lot of people that come from all over,” said Hoover.
Typically, on that day alone, Hoover said he makes a large portion of his yearly revenue.
“We really look forward to that day, so we can pay everything back and start a new year and everything is good to go, and unfortunately, obviously, this year we didn’t get to do that,” he said.
But despite losing out, he’s still not rushing to get crowds back inside the warehouse.
On Saturday, Hoover will begin to slowly reopen. He will begin to take appointments.
“We are only going to take 1 appointment at a time,” he said. “Which really only leaves us with 9 appointments a day, so not a lot of people are going to get in but hopefully that people who really need it will be the ones to schedule it.”
Hoover said he will continue the “appoint only” approach until at least the end of June.
“We are going to do whatever we feel is the safest for us and all of our customers.”
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