The Couch Chronicles, Volume IX
Over the last two months, we’ve been participating in a contest detailing our experience designing our living room from the ground up. We purchased a good deal of our furniture from Su Casa, and can honestly say that we’ve enjoyed our experience shopping there more than we have when furnishing the other rooms in the Chophouse.
They’re the rare small business that’s small enough to be truly localized and community focused, but large and savvy enough to compete with the big boys. While we’re still waiting for our sofa to arrive from their sister store Pad, we want to take today to share with you one of our favorite aspects of shopping at Su Casa.
We’ve already got an excellent home bar, but a home bar is a lot like a car or a baseball team or a good suit: just because you’ve got one you like doesn’t mean you can’t look at some other ones once in a while. Su Casa’s got a very nice selection of sideboard-type bars, as well as stools and bar tables, and even carries a few pieces like this one which is actually a television stand but could easily double as a bar cart and this console which to our mind makes a more stylish bar than a hall table.
As an educated consumer, it’s important to us to shop with retailers that share our core values of good design, sustainability, and most importantly booze. What goes into a home bar is even more important than the bar itself, and Su Casa is one of the few retailers that actually understands this and anticipates
drunkards’ customers’ needs.
If we didn’t think glassware and what goes on the bar was important we wouldn’t have subcategories for them, now would we? But we do, and Su Casa has every type of glass you could want, from wine to cocktails to shot glasses and more with hand-blown options that are a bit more unique than you’ll find elsewhere. The last time we were in there, a good deal of it was on sale too.
These animal shaped bottle openers might be our favorite find in the whole store. Made of solid cast iron, they’re cute enough for her- and since they’re absolutely indestructible they’re also rugged enough for him. For only ten bucks we’re even tempted to pick up a few extras as gifts.
If there was anything in their bar section (Yes, they have a bar section at the Fell’s Point location.) That can top those bottle openers, it has to be this incredible hanging wine rack. Available in chrome or black finish, it mounts to the top of the wall (make sure you find the stud!) and turns six bottles into an awesome drinkable mobile. At $40, we say go ahead and buy one for reds and one for whites.
They’ve even got a full on SodaStream display complete with dozens of flavor options. While we have yet to actually try the SodaStream, our friends over at Charmed City give us a run for our money as Baltimore’s thirstiest blog, and they say that it’s a complete Game Changer. They also get their refill supplies at this very same Su Casa location, so how’s that for an endorsement?
Believe it or not there’s even more to their bar section than we’ve shown here. With cocktail shakers, books, coasters, barware, napkins, mixers, corkscrews, novelties and more they carry everything for the bar but the actual booze.
We’d expect nothing less though. When we attended their semi-annual Yard Sale event early on a Sunday a few weeks ago they were actually serving up complimentary Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s and allowing customers to sip while they shopped. You’re just not going to find that at the RoomStore.
You can read the rest of the posts from this contest and track the progress of our living room design here.