For brother-and-sister team Nicholas Giancola and Erica (Giancola) Lewis, the journey of SPRUCE Home + Gift began organically.
After working in various corporate job settings, Nicholas was ready for something new. He moved back to his hometown in Northeast Ohio with the entrepreneur spirit and a dream of creating something different and unique. At the same time, Erica had just become a new mother and was looking for a career that would allow her the flexibility to care for her children while still using her skills and talents.
The pair envisioned opening a beautifully designed shop where people could stroll, cup of coffee in hand, and browse through unique merchandise for their home. And so, armed with grit, enthusiasm and ingenuity, Nicholas and Erica created Spruce Home + Gift.
Of course, behind many great entrepreneurs is a supportive and loving family.
Shortly after the opening of their shop in Niles, Ohio, the pair knew they couldn't do it alone! Their mom, Cindy, came on board to help manage the day-to-day operations of the store. Their father, Nick, works his full-time day job but still manages to come to the shop each day.
Over time, Nicholas and Erica have enhanced the shop’s selection and services to include interior design and consultation, classes, events and a variety of high-quality home accessories and furniture.
“Without the love and support of our family and our community, we could not have made it this far! We are blessed!”
- Nicholas and Erica, owners