The business carries a wide variety of items to freshen up the décor of any home. Owner Vicki Ruetsche also provides in-home consulting for customers who need assistance.
Pictured is Harrington Manor owner Vicki Ruetsche.
Since 2000, Harrington Manor, located at 16 S. Bothwell Street at Palatine Road has been assisting homeowners in sprucing up their décor with a wide variety of products and services.
The name Harrington Manor derived from the maiden name of owner Vicki Ruetsche’s mother-in-law, who was born and raised in Ireland.
The business not only provides home accessories such as accessories, small furniture, custom floral arrangements, artwork, candles and other items, but in-home design consulting as well, to help in freshen up the décor of any home.
Ruetsche provides these services for a nominal fee, which is then applied toward purchases.
“What I really love to do is to work with clients who need suggestions, guidance and other tips on how to create a home design that they and their family truly enjoy,” Ruetsche said. “I get a great satisfaction out of helping to create something they love day in and out.”
As part of the service, Ruetsche will bring potential items chosen by the customer to the home, so that they can be viewed in their lighting, and help to determine how they would fit.
Ruetsche’s husband John also assists in running the business. They both pride themselves on the high level of customer service, and the benefit of getting to know clients who have kept coming back over the years.
One such example is Kim Shields, who began shopping at Harrington Manor when she lived in Park Ridge more than 10 years ago. A few years back, she moved from Park Ridge to Palatine and has remained a loyal customer. she joked that she may have decided to move to Palatine, to be closer to Harrington Manor!
“What I love most is that everything here is so unique; really unusual finds that you don’t see in other shops – and Vicki has wonderful taste,” Shields said. “I love coming here, because Vicki never disappoints.”
Harrington Manor originally opened under a different name, the Oneida County Livery, in Three Lakes, Wisconsin and operated from 1993-2000. Vicki and John would often commute the six hour trip from Palatine, while her parents, who lived in Wisconsin, ran the business full-time.
The decision was made to move the busines to Palatine, where the Ruetsche’s lived and raised their family. The couple has three grown children and six grandchildren.
In addition to the wide selection of home accessories, Harrington Manor also began to sell women’s accessories in recent years, carrying jewelry, scarves and other fashion-forward items.
Among the notable lines carried at the shop are Nora Fleming, Uttermost, Periwinkle Jewelry, Flameless Candles, Mixture, Aromatique, Byers Carolers and Ginger Cottages for Christmas time.
Starting in October each year, the business is open seven days a week to accommodate busy schedules and holiday time decorating.
Normal business hours are Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
For more information, visit www.HarringtonManor.com.