For years, Sunnyfields on Falls Road has been a go-to spot for elegant and classic gifts and home accessories. Over the past couple years, the company has undergone a significant transition, with new ownership, a renovated building and a brand new focus.
The name of the company has changed to Sunnyfields Fine Cabinetry & Exclusive Gifts, to reflect its position as a home center featuring a broad selection of products and services, including design, build and millwork as well as gifts.
Sunnyfields’ new owners, Gina and Delbert Adams and Taylor Classen, have a strong construction background; Delbert Adams and Classen are partners in Delbert Adams Construction Group and have worked together for decades while Gina Adams has long been handling the team’s marketing and business strategy.
Here, Gina Adams shares the new Sunnyfields story, what she loves about the business and what Baltimoreans can expect in the coming months:
Sunnyfields has been part of the Baltimore landscape for years, but since you, your husband and his partner bought the business, you’ve made some changes. Please tell me about them.
We realized there was a need in the area for a home center – real estate, millwork, design/build, landscape architecture, cabinetry. A one-stop shop if you’re renovating or working on a home; a true synergy of services.
People were very familiar with Sunnyfields and the wonderful gift shop it had been for 50 years. It’ll be two years in June since Delbert and Taylor bought the building. Last May, we opened with tenants in the building and called it Sunnyfields Home Center.
Sunnyfields has morphed into a cabinetry, millwork and design/build shop and the icing on the cake is the glassware.
Please tell me about the glassware.
The previous owner had beautiful things. It was a true gift shop. As we were cleaning out the building, people were saying, “You’re going to keep the Simon Pearce, right?” People need a place to go for a wedding gift or a graduation gift.
We carry the full line of Simon’s exquisite collectible glassware. It’s really exciting. He just came out with a spring line and there are options for engraving, which creates a beautiful piece of glass with a memory on it.
When people who collect Simon Pearce come in, I’ll ask their opinions about what to carry and even bring out a catalog. Retail is a new thing for us and we really like to hear what customers want and desire. It’s a fun part of the business!
What else will people find at Sunnyfields?
Three hundred of the 1600 square feet of the Sunnyfields space is retail [featuring the Simon Pearce glassware] and all around it, is the cabinetry.
We mostly show kitchen cabinetry, but we do all kinds of rooms, from wine cellars to laundry rooms. We show traditional, transitional and contemporary cabinetry and any kind of countertop you can imagine. We have all these samples – zinc, concrete, different colors. That’s kind of ground level, to show you what you can do, then different opportunities are presented by designers.
The team here is really strong. We have designers on staff who do a lot of fact-finding on how you use your kitchen. Do two people cook? One? Do you like a center island? How do you live in your kitchen.
What if the homeowner has already hired an architect or designer?
We can do that here, too! We work with architects and designers all the time – or a builder could walk in here, too. We put a team together at any level of the process. If someone comes in with an architect, we can fine tune a design and still sell cabinetry. But if they don’t know what they want, we can also develop the design.
What is your favorite part of working at the new Sunnyfields?
Watching people’s faces when they walk in. It looks very different! The biggest comment is, “This doesn’t look like Sunnyfields!” People float in and it gives us the opportunity to explain what we are – that we’ve morphed into something different, and Sunnyfields has had a rebirth of sorts.
Another thing that really makes us all smile is when we hand-deliver a wedding gift to a bride in the area and see the reaction and the joy when she is handed a beautiful Simon Pearce box with the gift inside.
What’s new that’s coming up at Sunnyfields?
We’re working with Maryland Art Place – they’ll be exhibiting artists in the showroom. They’re running a contest across the state of Maryland for artists and when we celebrate our one year anniversary on May 19th, we will exhibit the work of the four or five artists who are the best fit for the showroom. During this celebration, we will have an opening party with food, wine, and the ability to see the art, meet the artists and purchase their art.
Also, Simply Beautiful Flowers delivers flowers here each week and they’re phenomenal. It’s been neat – people come in sometimes just to see the flower display.
We’ve been trying to work with more partners, like this – and it’s been really fun!
For more information about Sunnyfields’ goods and services, please visit www.sunnyfieldscabinetry.com.
Sunnyfields Fine Cabinetry & Exclusive Gifts
6305 Falls Road, Baltimore, MD