A new business selling furniture made from reclaimed materials is opening in downtown Macon.
A grand opening celebration for American Outpost Furniture Gallery is planned for 6-10 p.m. Feb. 28 at the business at 512 Second St.
Owner Arlin Bleclic is retired from the commercial construction business and moved to Macon several months ago from the Washington, D.C., area.
“I like the feel of the downtown area,” Bleclic said of why he chose to locate his business on Second Street. “In a few years, I think this place is really going to be lively.”
American Outpost currently has one employee, though, eventually, Bleclic hopes to employ up to 10 people. He and another man craft all the furniture.
“Our vision is to have a larger space where we can have our gallery in the front and the shop in the back.”
Each piece of furniture is custom-made. Pieces that previously have been built are pictured on the company’s website, www.americanoutpost.us, and Facebook page, www.facebook.com/americanoutpost. Some will be on display at the grand opening.
Bleclic refers to his shop as a gallery, and likens buying his furniture to commissioning a painting. The very nature of using reclaimed materials means no two pieces will be exactly the same.
“You can kind of tell a person what a piece of art is going to look like, but you’re never really going to know until you’re finished,” he said.
The business does not currently have regular hours, and it may end up being open by appointment only, Bleclic said.
Those interested in attending the grand opening celebration can get on the guest list by filling out the contact form on the “Open House” section of the website or through the event page on Facebook.
To contact writer Jennifer Burk, call 744-4345.