Not long ago, I received an email suggesting I may want to visit a store in Henderson, NV called Amusespot (or just Amuse) at 2550 Anthem Village Dr. The owners of the store, Carrie Sheerin and husband Hugh Fogel, believe in high-end distinctive design in items that, as Sheerin says, “are inspired and make life a little happier”. Amusespot selections have an online presence as well.
The store hours in Henderson are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, but when I arrived (at about Noon on Thursday) the doors were locked. I rang the doorbell and soon a gentleman came, opened the door and welcomed me to the store. Later I learned that two doors down from the retail store is the Amusespot warehouse where the gentleman was filling online orders.
Once inside the store, I was quite delighted at the colors and variety of products on display. As a shopper, I had a great time looking around. Lots of small household items are shown, many with sleek or beautiful design. Some items were indeed amusing, but I did not see the same products I would typically see in a big-box store. The prices ranged from $10 to several hundred dollars. Some brands are exclusive to Amusespot.
Sheerin, who lives in the Anthem area, says the concept for the business began three and a half years ago with the store opening two and a half years ago. The retail store is a destination (people want to visit this particular store and look at particular items); it does not have much walk-in traffic. The online business has been strong and soon Amusespot will also have a gift registry. Sheerin and Fogel also own a book store (with a few gift items) in Flagstaff, Arizona called Starrlight Books. (Starrlight Books is hosting an author signing for Rick Quinn on May 4th. All are welcome, free registration and more information.)
I picked just a few products to photograph during my visit: