Roam Interiors moving into old Booksmart building

Roam Interiors will be the new tenant in the old Booksmart building at 2914 Hennepin Ave. S.

Roam is a design-driven home store offering mid-priced to upscale furnishings and accessories. Featured brands include Magis, Alessi and Minneapolis-based Blu Dot.

The store is relocating from 813 Glenwood Ave. in Near North. Extensive renovations to the interior of 2914 Hennepin will begin soon, though Roam owner John Stedman said “very little” exterior work is planned.

Roam’s upcoming move to Uptown means that by the end of the year, the shopping district around Lake & Hennepin will emerge as a major node for home furnishing shoppers.

Roam is slated for a late summer opening, Design Within Reach is already established at 2939 Hennepin and CB2 is set to open at the corner of 31st & Hennepin this holiday season.

While it might be thought all that competition would be a deterrent, Stedman said the presence of Design Within Reach and CB2 was actually part of Uptown’s appeal.

“I think concentration is good because it brings a lot of people into the area. We aren’t going to run away and hide,” he said.

For more info about Roam Interiors, check out the company’s website at roaminteriors.com.