How it all began
In 1972 as a fresh faced 19 year old College graduate from Sheffield, Eric Lightowler was offered 2 career defining job opportunities. One was a trainee manager position at Marks & Spencer and the other a Sales position with then furniture giant Wades. It was a tough decision to make for a young man until he found out that a condition of the offer from Marks & Spencer was that he had to cut his long hair. Decision made. Wades it was!
Eric built his reputation with Wades and eventually moved on to the Co-Operative Home World stores where he further enhanced his furniture knowledge and built his network of contacts from some of the finest manufacturers around Europe and the rest of the world.
In 1999, the furniture industry seemed stuck in its ways and the Entrepreneurial bug bit, Eric and his wife June decided that they were ready to go it alone. Their vision was to offer the furniture buying community something it hadn’t seen before; honesty, respectability and quality at a good price.
Stylish modern furniture and accessories with a difference.
For nearly 30 years Eric didn’t dare sell upholstery that wasn’t brown, cream or black, but now with his own store he was able to offer vibrant sofas, chairs and recliners from England, Spain, Italy and Poland. Well engineered dining furniture from Denmark, Belgium and France. Luxurious British beds and stylish bedroom furniture from Germany and Lithuania. Beautiful lighting from Portugal and Denmark. And stunning Art & mirrors from the England and Belgium. It wasn’t all about knocking out order after order at the cheapest possible price, Eric and June wanted to offer quality products that could be admired by everyone who saw them.
They found the perfect premises and opened their first small shop in the beautiful Market Town of Nantwich, Cheshire. Business boomed for the first few years so much so that they found they needed extra room to offer more products. In 2001 they opened their second shop in Nantwich. To run it they brought daughter Louise into the business. Louise was previously a successful primary school teacher and had been teaching in Singapore where she had been very happy. But there’s no place like home and when the call came she couldn’t refuse the opportunity to help expand the family business.
Established in 1999
In 2006 a property came on to the market in which Mia Stanza could fully showcase all of its products from both shops and more. We opened our flag ship Beam Street store that year and gradually began moving everything from the other two shops into one. At this point another family member also joined the team, Eric and June’s son Nick. Nick had just finished university and spent a year travelling around the world and was ready for his next big challenge with the family business.
Over the following years we have used our individual passions and strengths to push the business forward. Eric with his eye for great products and beautiful showroom displays. Louise with her interior design skills and brilliant customer service. Nick’s continued evolution of the Mia Stanza website and marketing. And June (the real boss) looking after the accounts and our next generation of workers… The grandchildren!
Why not come and visit our Nantwich showroom!
The Manor House
Call: 01270 628836