Clinton business to close Nov. 15

CLINTON — After 60 years, Eastman House Furniture in Clinton is closing its doors due to the owner's retirement.

Eastman House Furniture will close Nov. 15.

“I’m proud of the work we’ve been able to do and the expertise we’ve been able to provide," said Susan Richeson, owner of Eastman House. "Clinton has been wonderful to us, but I’ve never been retired before and I’m looking forward to exploring that.”

There will be sales as November approaches and Eastman House would also like to encourage current and past customers to stop by this fall to share their stories and memories.

“When we bought our first house in 1980, we bought a dining room set, including a hutch, from what was then Goddard’s. The price was right and the service was great. Eighteen years later we sent the table and chairs to our son’s college apartment,” said Maureen Miller, president and CEO of the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce.

“Susan has always had a high regard for community service. I love my job. ... It’s like walking into a magazine," said Karilyn Bahnsen, who has been with Eastman House for 19 years.

Roy Goddard founded the company as Goddard’s Town and Country Furniture in Camanche. He was previously a part of James Furniture and Appliance. He moved to Clinton a few years later to the current location. When he retired in 1984, the store was purchased by Richeson, who is his daughter. Prior to taking on the family business, Richeson spent a number of years in New York, where she was in charge of 30 stores for Warren Ruben. In 1987, Richeson took on the Eastman House Furniture name as part of a franchise agreement.

“We will miss Eastman House Furniture in town, and will miss Susan and her staff," Miller said. "We at the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce thank Susan for her long-term commitment to this community and wish her all the best in her retirement."