Archive for Tuesday, December 30, 2003

New downtown Baldwin business to focus on design

December 30, 2003

Mike Langrehr's talent is design and he's putting it to use in his new Baldwin business.

Langrehr recently opened Design Specialties in the former movie theater building at 715 High St. in downtown Baldwin. Though he offers a variety of services, he said they are all similar.

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"They're all art related," he said.

His new business focuses on design -- specifically jewelry, business signs, murals and faux painting.

Langrehr, who says he comes from an artistic family, has been designing, making and repairing jewelry for several jewelry stores since 1978.

While he's not really focusing on the jewelry repair aspect in his business, he said he is anxious to design new pieces for people.

"I'm not trying to be a big jewelry company. I just want to design jewelry for people," he said. "The town basically has a jewelry store now."

His business features a number of pieces of jewelry with which customers can select their own settings. He said if customers can't find what they want, he can design the jewelry to their liking.

But there's more to his business than just jewelry. Langrehr also offers faux painting.

"I like to call it decorative painting," he said.

Faux painting, he said, can be used throughout the home to add patterns and textured looks to ceiling, walls and a number of other items. He said his work is unique.

"Everything I do is original," he said.

Langrehr also extends his originality in painting and design to signs and murals.

He has spent several years creating murals and business signs. He said he's even done business signs in Baldwin like Santa Fe Market and Maple Leaf Tire and murals like the holiday-themed ones downtown.

Design Specialties is currently open only by appointment. Langrehr said he works on a number of out-of-town jobs, which makes it difficult to have a set schedule, but hopes to have business hours in the future.

Those wanting to visit Design Specialties, or for more information, call Langrehr at 594-2303.

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