Stuck in the dark with what to do with a family heirloom lamp? Phoenix Lamps’ owner George Gronvold and his talented staff can help you shed some light on your dilemma.
In business since 1946, Phoenix Lamps – Shades, Repairs and Antiques is located on East Indian School Road in a beautiful old brick building that has housed a lamp/lamp shade business continuously since 1951. The shop has one of the largest collections of shade styles and fabrics west of the Mississippi—or you can order a custom shade to fit your needs.
Phoenix Lamps can also repair just about any lamp—from fabricating glass to wiring. With two mechanics on staff and a huge warehouse of replacement parts, they can tackle any job, including chandelier restoration, custom shades, recovering old shades and much more. In fact, just bring in your problem lamp and let the experienced staff help you out!
Throughout the store you can find lovely antique furniture pieces being used to showcase the beautiful antique and vintage lamps on display. Phoenix Lamps sells restored antique light fixtures and furniture, as well as other collectibles. The selection of distinctive antiques range from elegant art deco to authentic southwestern.
In 1989, George started working part time in the shop for former owner Jane Baker and he says he immediately felt as if he had come home. Within 30 days of starting, he moved to fulltime. With his background in interior design and retail experience, Phoenix Lamps was a perfect fit for him.
While working for Jane, George saw the shop expand to its now 4,000 sq ft. Then, in 2008, after her husband had retired and they decided to move out of state, Jane put the business up for sale. George decided to buy the shop that he had been part of for nearly 20 years although, unfortunately, this was right when the recession hit Phoenix and the nation. George credits his loyal repeat customers and a fantastic word of mouth reputation that allowed Phoenix Lamps to survive and even thrive
George has customers who send him pictures of their lamps and he’ll pick out shades and ship them. However, he recommends bringing in your lamps so he or his staff can help you find the perfect shade. Depending on where and how you are using the lamp they will recommend different shape shades that complement both the lamp and your existing décor.
Right now he says the mid-century look is very popular and modified shallow drum shades are their most popular sellers. Here in the valley, and with many customers in Palm Springs, a much more casual look is popular, with not much demand for traditional pleated shades or formal lamps.
Choosing the right lighting is very important in establishing the perfect atmosphere in your home. George believes that a lamp is not just a functional object, but can be a statement piece, drawing the eye and complementing the rest of the décor. He suggests you find and buy what you love because a lamp can become a treasured piece.
Phoenix Lamps is located at 2225 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, and is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 602-955-5640 for more information or visit: www.phoenixlampandshade.com.