Studio B Flooring

Studio B Flooring is located at 401 Fourth St. in International Falls.

When Patti Ballan retired and closed Ballan Furniture in December after 29 years, she reached out to a local designer about a new opportunity.

“I was here picking up carpet samples one day and Patti approached me and said she was thinking of me for a business idea... she said she wanted to retire,” said Dawn Wilcox of the encounter last fall.

One thing led to another and now Wilcox has started Studio B Flooring, located in the back of the former Ballan Furniture, located at 401 Fourth St.

Wilcox, a Falls High School graduate, has a history of interior design, real estate and retail.

“I’ve been involved with the remodel and design of homes for about 30 years,” she said. “This just fit... I think it was important for Patti to make sure the flooring business kept going in the area... She is transitioning with me and showing me how everything works.”

The business will feature all kinds of flooring including carpet, luxury vinyl tile, laminate, hard wood, ceramic and more.

Wilcox takes in-home appointments Mondays and Fridays; and the store is open Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

“It’s a stepping stone, we’ll see what else happens,” Wilcox said. “Flooring will be a staple, but I have some other ideas for the future.”

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