Long before there was the Michigan Design Center in Troy, there was Ash Showroom in Bloomfield Township. Now celebrating its 70th anniversary, Ash Showroom, offering creative interior design services, furniture and wall coverings to both the trade and retail clients, is still here and going strong. Originally located near the Avenue of Fashion at Six Mile and Livernois in Detroit, Ash Showroom was started by Leo and Harold Ash in 1948. According to present owner Daniel J. Stevens, who purchased the business in 1992, after starting as a designer for the Ash brothers in 1983, the business moved out to its current location at 2374 Franklin Road, just north of Square Lake Road and west of Telegraph, in the early ‘70s. “There was nothing here with us except swamps,” Stevens said. Times have changed, and now the area is thriving. Stevens said he has kept the format of the original business, which originally focused on wallpaper, and expanded on it. “It’s become a furniture, fabric and wall covering showroom,” Stevens said. “Because of the customer service, the knowledge and service we provide our clients, that’s what’s kept us in business for 70 years.”
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