Monday, February 8, 2016

Possibly the Best IKEA Hack : Urban Creek Delivery

PC: Urban Creek Delivery

Spokane has a hot new business that's sure to be one of the best "ikeas" around. 

IKEA is a multinational group of companies that designs and primarily sells ready-to-assemble furniture (such as beds, chairs and desks), appliances and home accessories. It is the world's largest furniture retailer with a cult like following, and no, we don’t have one here. Many have been known to make the pilgrimage to the west side of the state for an IKEA run as the deliver charges are crazy high and many items are only available for pick up. Not to mention putting together ready-to-assemble furniture doesn’t come easily for many and is almost impossible for others. 

Dan Barden and Brad Flora are two entrepreneurial-minded-men in their mid-twenties that came up with a solution for our IKEA-less region. The plan to open Urban Creek Delivery came to them as they were working a side job assembling IKEA products for an apartment complex. They had been hunting for an business idea to pursue and in this case the start-up was right at their finger tips. 

Urban Creek Delivery is a service that allows consumers to place IKEA orders and have them delivered to Spokane. Rather than ordering directly through IKEA, though, customers place their orders with Urban Creek Delivery, which then buys and assembles your items before delivery them to their home or business. The idea isn’t completely original and similar businesses exist. Barden and Flora take comfort in the fact as this idea is working elsewhere and plan to exceed expectations in regards to customer service to be the clear choice for those IKEA-less regions wanting the Swedish brand of decor. 

Braden reports that the response has been overwhelmingly supportive. Within the first 30 days, they went from nothing to strong Spokane media coverage and receiving order inquiries from all over Eastern Washington including as far away as Missoula, Montana. Urban Creek Delivery have orders coming in the door just in time for the holiday season and the new year. In addition, they have started building business relationships with local interior designers. The strong demand for their service has prompted the quick start having this business going from zero to sixty in record time.  

For more information or to place an order go to urbancreekdelivery.com


By Laurie L Ross
As published in the December 2015 issue of Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living magazine.
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