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Meet Steven Parker of Mantra Furnishings in Dania Beach

Today we’d like to introduce you to Steven Parker.

Steven, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Growing up in Virginia, I decided I’d prefer a warmer climate that brought me to college at the University of Miami. During my time in college, my father had opened up a furniture showroom in the Miami Design District. I started working part-time throughout college and really caught the design bug. Once I graduated, I dove full time into working for the company which was very exciting and rewarding. Every day brought something new and different, and working with such diverse clientele in the Miami design world started to shape my style and really learned so much. After 12 years working my way up from the warehouse, to become showroom manager I decided to go off on my own and open up Mantra Furnishings in 2017. We are located in the DCOTA building which stands for the Design Center of the Americas. It’s the premier design center in South Florida that has many showrooms that sell fabric, furnishings and lighting.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
With any new business, name recognition is a huge thing. I’ve been in the industry for many years, however starting something from scratch and developing a trusting clientele takes time. Being in a design/trade building has also some challenges. Many people don’t realize DCOTA is open to the public and they think only interior designers are allowed in the building. DCOTA is open to the public and we sell both to the trade and to the public so people shouldn’t be afraid to visit and check out our collection.

Mantra Furnishings – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Mantra Furnishings is a medium to high-end furniture and accessory showroom that prides itself on its timeless style that gives people the resources to decorate any type of interior. We sell everything off the floor which is unique in a design building like DCOTA so you always have the option for instant gratification. We mix clean line upholstery with unique accessories from around the globe to create a relaxed yet sophisticated look. We travel the globe to places such as Bali, India, and throughout Europe to find that perfect piece for your home. We really are proud of our customer service as we take pride in from the first impression to the final install of our furniture that our clients are 100% satisfied and keep coming back for all their furnishing needs.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Every time an interior designer comes in for the first time in our showroom and looks around and says how beautiful everything is and is blown away by our style and collection, it gives me such joy to know that people feel the same way about design. It doesn’t have to be so stuffy – it can be inviting, comfortable and create a conversation.

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