Humble Beginnings

Cottswood has been the leader in inspiring Edmonton’s most beautiful, functional, fabulous homes for over 30 years. We are a locally-owned and operated business and we have helped furnish and design thousands of homes throughout Edmonton, Northern Alberta and beyond. We are proud of our work, our people and our community. 

Cottswood began when Sue Martin opened a small gift shop called Shambles offering décor, gifts and antiques. Over time the store grew to include larger pieces of furniture and eventually occupied multiple units in High Street on 102nd Avenue. Eventually the name of the store was updated to Cottswood, which is derived from Sue’s origins in the Cottswolds in England.  By bringing together the finest furnishings from around the world and combining them with the best team of designers and installers in the market, Cottswood outgrew its humble beginnings and moved west to Mayfield Rd where it has been serving customers for almost 20 years. 

When Sue was ready to retire and was looking for a succession plan, she met a local retailer and entrepreneur named Matt Singer.  The fit was perfect and the next generation of Cottswood’s leadership had begun. 

Matt says "My family has been in retail in Edmonton for four generations. My great-grandfather, Louis Podersky came from Chicago and opened a furniture business in Edmonton in 1912. You can still see the Podersky Furniture building on Whyte Ave. My family has been serving Albertans for well over 100 years. I grew up learning from great mentors, who taught me that retail is a fine balance of great relationships between customers, salespeople, suppliers and the community where we do business”. 

“One of the things that I love about this great company is the people. Our incredible team of designers offer complimentary design services and bring in the best products from around the world. Our team does an amazing job of filling our clients' homes with wonderful designer furniture that is well made, comfortable and expresses their personality. 

"It’s not just furniture - it’s personal." 

Whether you are shopping for a single specific piece, for an entire room or furnishing an entire home, the complimentary assistance of our in-house designers will make the process fun, and inspiring; they will assist you with selecting the perfect pieces and materials to fulfill your vision. Once your selections have been made and your furniture is ready to go to its forever home you will experience our “white glove” delivery service. Our professional delivery and installation team places each piece perfectly in your home, right down to the felts on the feet.   

When you come to Cottswood, we want you to be excited and inspired by our showroom. We work with dozens of the best manufacturers in the world, offering the best quality, superior materials and ultimate customization. We pride ourselves on a luxurious, high touch, end-to-end experience. After all we are building a life–long relationship with you. 

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Published on March 25th, 2022

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