Nestled off Hwy. 6 in Missouri City, Home Studio 6 is located in a house Marlowe believes was built in about 1895. Now, the old-house-turned-shop is a showroom for a wide range of eclectic furniture, jewelry, woodworking, textiles, art and candles.
“It’s a handcrafted look that we’re trying to strive for,” Marlowe said. “These are handmade, one-of-a-kind designs that most people don’t even really know are out there. It creates a unique kind of mysterious shop for people—you never know what you’re going to find next week.”
Filling the rooms of the house is furniture Marlowe selects from India and Indonesia. Marlowe, who spent 30 years traveling through Southeast Asia as a product developer and designer, said he chooses pieces with reclaimed elements and distinct motifs.
Currently, Marlowe is partnering with 27 local artists and artisans. Home Studio 6 displays their work and products, and Marlowe and the artist share a percentage of the sale.
With craft shows and other venues closing because of the coronavirus pandemic, Marlowe said additional artists have been interested in partnering with the store. Marlowe said he is open to working with anyone.
“I don’t say no to anybody,” he said. “Everybody deserves a chance. Put it out there; if people like it and they buy it, then it’s good for everybody.”
Marlowe said the unknowns posed by the coronavirus pandemic have made it a scary time to be in business. However, because the store features home goods and outdoor products—such as pottery and fountains—they were able to cater to people wanting to work in their homes and yards.
“People were still looking to work in their yards and work in their homes, so we had the niche for that,” Marlowe said. “But it’s still slower than it had been.”
As he looks forward to Christmas and the holiday season, Marlowe said he hopes to see an uptick in customers who are enticed by the store’s unique offerings.
“The people that have been coming in the past couple of weeks ... say, ‘You have such good stuff. I’m coming here for my Christmas shopping. I’d rather spend money here,’” Marlowe said.
Home Studio 6
6726 Hwy. 6, Missouri City
Hours: Tue.-Sun. 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m., closed Mon.