BEREA, Ohio – Therese Kress Kish grew up in Olmsted Falls but always felt a connection to Berea. So when she wanted to move her interior design business out of Strongsville, she found a new home for New York Textiles & Design on Bagley Road.
She and her husband, Randy, purchased the West Pointe Professional Building at 1433 W. Bagley Road last year and are busy renovating and reconfiguring the space.
“It’s the perfect location for our business,” Kish said. “Berea has been an integral part of my life.
New York Textiles is a full-service design studio for homes and businesses. Kish specializes in window treatments, but can provide full services from painting to carpeting to upholstery.
It has a team of 12 employees, including five designers and two installers.
“They are skilled craftsmen,” Kish said. “They are hard to find.”
Customers include Southwestern General Health Center, Cleveland Metropolitan School District, J’Bella Restaurant, and local churches and synagogues, among other businesses and institutions.
“We serve all industries,” Kish said.
New York Textiles also has residential customers; Kish said she can design rooms to suit any budget. Designers make home visits to ensure colors and fabrics are appropriate for each client’s situation.
Kish said the business has changed over the years, with today’s economy being globally centric. Fabrics are now imported from several countries as well as domestically sourced. The materials come not only from New York, but also from the Far East and other places abroad.
His current challenge is to complete the transformations of the building, which previously housed a daycare, but which has been vacant for several years. Kish got a loan from the Small Business Administration and put on a new roof, painted, and installed flooring and a mini kitchen.
“If we could do it ourselves, we did it,” she said, with some family members participating.
The space has been subdivided. Kish rents space to Kids at Play Day Care and Abundant Life Ministries. There is also room for a third small business.
The New York Textiles space is nearly complete. There are offices, a warehouse and a showroom, awaiting some finishing touches.
Although her husband is her business partner, Kish runs New York Textiles while he travels, often overseas, for big business.
“We complement each other,” she said.
She focuses on a small local business; he has a more global vision. They exchange ideas with each other.
“It’s nice to have another perspective,” she said.
Kish credits his parents for his business acumen and drive to succeed. His late father owned a pipe manufacturing business and Kish and his two sisters worked there.
“I grew up in a corporate atmosphere,” she said. “And I used to work in a male-dominated field.”
The family also emphasized giving back to the community.
His mother, Jeanene Kress, is an Olmsted Township administrator who is looking for her “next big adventure,” Kish said.
Sister Holly Neumann is president of the Olmsted Falls School Board.
Kish is a member of the Home Builders Association and received the association’s Interior Design Project of the Year award. She is also president of the American Society of Interior Design North East Ohio Chapter.
Giving back to the industry is important to her. Kish sponsors interior design interns from Cuyahoga Community College, from which she graduated.
She admits that she is quite a busy woman. “I do a bit of everything,” she says.