And the Winner for Best New Business is : HUE! And now the readers of Maui Time Weekly’s popular “Best of Maui” poll know what everyone who’s already been in the store already knew: HUE is a gem. HUE is a combination furniture store and interior design studio (the two owners are interior designers), but they also carry jewelry, gifts, art, body products, home accessories and more. And they don’t just carry a little bit of everything, they carry the BEST of everything.
“We describe our offerings as beach luxe: a bold blend of fun patterns, bright colors and trendy accessories that are perfect for a modern island lifestyle,” mentioned co-owner Jessica Guard McLellan.
The store also presents a rare opportunity for shoppers to view products typically only available through an interior designer. “We have fabrics, window treatments and other custom offerings available at the store that you can see, touch, and feel” continued her partner Wendy Takemoto.
According to Jessica, “our most popular small ticket items are the fun pillows, picture frames and the refillable soap dispensers from Caldrea. I think because they all have fun, modern prints and colors. We also do a lot in custom order with LEE Industries, our main upholstery line.”
As I write this, Wendy and Jessica are on a buying trip on the mainland – yay! They shared some of their fun finds so far: “Here at market, we are finding new tabletops, throw rugs, and we are bringing in two lines of bedding, one of them organic out of North Carolina. We also found some cute cell phone cases, cotton rugs for the bathroom, Men’s and Childrens’ gifts, and lots of beautiful Christmas decor! We are hoping to really pack the store for the holidays.”
Upon entering HUE, you can tell that Wendy and Jessica are talented interior designers. The store is at once light, fresh and airy, yet filled with so many wonderful finds that you’ll want to stay for a while just to peruse all their offerings. You may even want to take a break on the comfy looking
bed couch. HUE also seems to have exactly what you want, even if you don’t know exactly what that is. And if they don’t, they’ll find it. They regularly have shipments of new furniture and accessories coming in (which keeps their inventory always changing) and can special order just about anything for you.
And if you are looking for made on Maui products, you won’t be disappointed: a recent
shopping research expedition revealed finds by blog favorite Pandeia (compass sundial wristwatches), Bluejane Maui (pillows), Kachi (jewelry), and Abigail Romanchak (art).
Interior design professional services include residential and commercial interior design, space planning, furniture sourcing, window treatment design and installation, kitchen and bath design, architectural computer renderings, custom upholstery, designer fabric selections, and more. HUE offers appointments for design services as well as several different design packages, ideal for clients who desire a more personalized experience.
Where: HUE is located at 261 Lalo Street, Kahului, Maui, Hawaii
When: Open Monday – Friday from 9-5 and Saturdays from 10-4