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Space Out(fitted)

Space Out(fitted)  
Never underestimate the power of a positive attitude. This local man survives on his smile — and constant hard work — as he works toward a strong community with his furniture-flipping ways.
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His office is his van, and he has made his career out of connections. He is Stephen Seta, owner and "ring leader" of Red Polly SpaceOutfitters. After all, "It's a circus," he says.

 

Seta started Red Polly, a vintage and modern furniture store, originally above the Ludlow Garage in Northside before the garage became a hardware store, but he took a step away from the furniture business to earn his master's degree in education.

 

After working for Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services for a while, Seta realized that, while he was great at what he did, he wasn't using his energy to its fullest potential. He even describes the experience with Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb." So he decided to take a greater presence in his community by re-starting Red Polly in a space he had had his eye on for a while.

 

Now, Seta says he is "excited and energized every day" to continue to strengthen his relationships with his business connections, his employees, his customers and his community. "For me, it's about the neighborhood above everything," Seta says.

 

To contribute to the neighborhood, Seta helps out where he can. He has played host to the neighborhood farmer's market, and he has sublet part of his space to Fabricate, an art gallery owned by Aileen McGrath and Chris Salley. 0110Fence_INSTORY.gif

 

As for his own business, Seta offers prices you won't find anywhere else. "As far as vintage/modern kind of stuff, you will not find it less expensive than with Red Polly. That's for a fact," Seta says. In addition to his already low prices, Seta offers free delivery, no matter the size of the order.

 

One man, who had just purchased a house in Walnut Hills, came into Red Polly to furnish his new place, and for around $750 he bought a dining room table with two leaves and six chairs, a wave lounger, two loveseats with two matching lounge chairs, and a couple chairs for his kids' rooms. And delivery was included.

 

So how does Seta do it? "I bust my butt every day, seven days a week," he says, and he builds and maintains connections with auctioneers and community members who help him keep prices low and merchandise in the store. In an industry that has the potential to revolve around cutthroat competition, Seta uses his friendly, easy-going personality to make friends instead of foes when it comes to business.

 

Seta looks to his future to continue to strengthen Northside as a neighborhood and offer furnished apartments for rent. In the event that it doesn't work out, though, Seta has a plan b to sell everything and move to Hawaii.

 

 

PHOTO CREDITS

Photo courtesy of Red Polly SpaceOutfitters

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