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Affordable Elegance Furniture is up and running in Hastings

Brandy Eastman, and husband, Shorty, are the new owners of Affordable Elegance Furniture store at 1800 Vermillion Street in Hastings, but she's not new to the business, nor to the building.

Eastman learned the furniture business from her parents, Joe and Robyn Ptacek. They operated the Furniture House and the Oak Room at the same location. For the last decade, Eastman worked with them.

When the Furniture House and the Oak Room closed over the summer, Eastman stepped up and got to work. She bought new inventory, changed the business model and put on her painting clothes. The exterior of the building has been repainted. Inside, there's new paint and new carpet to go along with the new inventory.

As for that business model, the new slogan says it all, according to Eastman: "Get more furniture for less."

"We want to keep our prices low and hopefully sell more," she said. "We have something in everyone's price range."

Affordable Elegance Furniture features furniture for bedrooms, living rooms, dining rooms and offices. They also carry beds, accessories and artwork.

There are three levels on which shoppers will find the store's inventory.

Store hours are 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday and Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Eastman's sister, Brooke, and her husband, Nick, are planning to open a wedding rental business also named Affordable Elegance adjacent to the furniture store soon. That location will have tables, chairs, tents, place settings, china and glasses to rent to couples who are getting married.