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The Insiders: Leah and Matt Theodosis
Tremaine Ranch in Tempe, Arizona
When they were planning their wedding, Chandler residents Leah and Matt Theodosis couldn’t find wooden benches to rent as seating, so they ended up building their own. This task would lead to another big step they would take together: opening Tremaine Ranch, a staging, design and furniture rental company based in Tempe. Founded in 2013, their business offers handcrafted and antique furniture and decor that has a distinct rustic feel. “We try our very best to thrift and antique our pieces so we can give them a second life and create a smaller carbon footprint on our planet,” Leah says. “The thrill of the hunt makes it worth the time.” Here, the couple discuss their favorite local shops and artists who inspire them.
Where to shop: Merchant Square Antique Marketplace, a 58,000-square-foot mall in Chandler; Call It New/Call It Antique, a thrift shop in Mesa with beautiful vintage and specialty finds; and the Main Street Antique Mall, a Mesa store that has treasures around every corner–we go to walk around and feel inspired.
Local home decor find: Standard Wax, a Tempe-based candle company that strives to bring art into everyday life. These ceramic vessels are made with the intention of being repurposed and poured in house. Standard Wax even makes custom candles featuring signature scents and personalized labels.
One to watch: Phoenix florist Malori Maeva. She owns multiple companies, including two floral studios, Hoot & Holler and Noir; Oh Hell Yes, a business consulting brand; Phoenix Flower Crowns; and Lola & Pine, a line of handmade planters. She inspires us to do great work and run a great business, and she works smarter, not harder–which isn’t always easy to do.