John David Hunter, left, sits beside his partner Bob Winston in their new store, J.D. Hunter Home, located at 55 Albany St. in Cazenovia.
Photo by Pierce Smith.
Cazenovia John David Hunter and Bob Winston, two of Cazenovia’s newest residents, are also the owners of one of Albany Street’s newest businesses, J.D Hunter Home. The 1,400-square-foot interior design store, located at 55 Albany Street, offers customers and wide variety of retail furniture and furnishings, as well as the personalized decorating services of Hunter and Winston, who have built reputations as acclaimed architectural and interior designers over the past four decades.
“[The store’s] function is to expose the public to our sense of style and taste as well as … help people understand that we are very accomplished at what we do. So far it’s been very well received,” Winston said. “For people who realize they can’t easily pull a room together — which isn’t the easiest thing in the world to do — we’ll do it for them. We meet with clients to assess what their needs are, measure the rooms to make a floor plan, discuss what textiles and furniture styles they like and then make a presentation.”
Hunter and Winston, who are both life- and business-partners, opened J.D. Hunter Home in mid-June after moving to Cazenovia from Connecticut. While the couple owned a similar business in Washington, Conn., Winston said they yearned for a change in scenery and decided to sell their New York City apartment. Their move to Cazenovia was prompted after years of visits, and was encouraged by their good friends Robert and Dianna Slodowitz, the owners of Notleymere Cottage on East Lake Road.
Earlier in their design career, Winston and Hunter had established a factory in Canada which can manufacture certain products to their specifications. Winston said this aspect enables them to pass savings on to their clients, as they price the tailored items around the same level at which other trade professionals would purchase them. They specialize in customized kitchens and decorative accessories, as well as lighting and upholstery.