Business Buzz – June 2021

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Rick Hudson’s Estate Furniture Store
    You may know about Rick Hudson’s Estate Liquidation location at 128 Village Square in Orinda. It’s an offshoot of his family-run business which was established in the 1960s in Oakland. He boasted he still has a 12-minute commute from the Oakland hills, one of the reasons he opened in Orinda four years ago. His new Estate Furniture Store is in response to COVID-19 restrictions to ensure safety protocols. It’s located at 152 Village Square, behind Safeway on the West side next to Tina Nails.
    Hudson has over 29 years experience as an estate liquidator. He said he prides himself on being well-known as both honest and flexible throughout the Bay Area. He purchases the contents of an entire estate, and, with the help of his staff, leaves the home empty and broom swept. Local real estate personnel and folks who are downsizing comprise his main customers.
    COVID-19 threw a monkey wrench into Hudson’s estate liquidation business. Pre-pandemic, multi-estate liquidation events took place in the original Orinda showroom with up to 1,000 people attending over a two-day period. There was always a long line to get in and another one to pay for purchases. Crowds gathered inside and out – a scenario too dangerous to continue when COVID-19 hit.
    Hudson decided to take over the end cap space at 152 Village Square. He and his staff cleaned the place up and added new lighting. “I installed a high-powered ventilation system that replaces all the air in the building every 15 minutes,” said Hudson. Instead of hosting a sales event every two to three months, now they are open three days every week. Staff and customers enjoy a safer, clean environment because all COVID-19 safety protocols are observed.
    With the store’s moniker “Estate Furniture Store,” you will, of course, find furniture as well as antiques, porcelain, glass and housewares at the new location. You will not find jewelry, silver, coins or small items of high value; those items will be included in multi estate liquidation sales at Hudson’s 123 Village Square location once COVID-19 is not an issue.
    Stop by the Estate Furniture Store at 152 Village Square. Hours are Thurs., Fri. and Sat. from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed on holidays and holiday weekends. Follow on Instagram (@EstateFurnitureStore) for the latest info. Contact Hudson by phone at 510.219.9644 and via email at EstateFurnitureStore@gmail.com or visit the website, https://bit.ly/3hw7Wby.

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