Ceramics retailer Architessa opens showroom in Shockoe Bottom

Ceramics retailer Architessa has opened a showroom at 1726 E. Main St. (Jack Jacobs photo)

A ceramics retailer has built on its Richmond-area business with its first brick-and-mortar location in the region.

Architessa, which sells residential and commercial stone and tile products, porcelain slabs and wood and vinyl flooring, recently opened an appointment-only commercial showroom at 1726 E. Main St. in Shockoe Bottom.

A company spokeswoman said while Architessa has been doing business with commercial customers in the area since 2014, the physical showroom supports its local operations and is appointment-only to help streamline the customer experience.

“Although the showroom carries thousands of samples we cannot display them all, which means we bring in samples when needed and scheduling an appointment gives us a head start on better serving our trade partners,” company spokeswoman Julie Taury said in an email. “The showroom not only serves our business, but we also invite students and the community in for learning and social events.”

The local store is 2,400 square feet and has two on-site employees as well as two remote employees. The showroom, which opened in March, is expected to eventually allow walk-in shopping.

The Maryland-based company, formerly Architectural Ceramics, currently has seven showrooms. Two of them cater to commercial customers, Taury said. The company announced the new trade name in early 2021.

The company has a presence in Northern Virginia with a public showroom each in Vienna and Alexandria.

Architessa’s space at the corner of Main and 18th streets was formerly occupied by Southern Kitchen, which moved out to Jackson Ward in 2019.

Architessa shares the same intersection as 1800 Brewhouse, a restaurant that recently opened in the neighborhood at 1800 E. Main St.

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