A 19th Century former barbershop on the North Fork of Long island is home to Orient Linen Co. Owner Janet Markarian, a textile designer and historian, moved to Orient on her return to the States after spending many years in Hong Kong and Mainland China. Her historic home in Orient included the former barber shop annex which became the perfect outlet for Janet to express her passion for textiles and making. She has filled the shop with antique fittings that display her cotton quilts, aprons and napkins, woolen blankets, and a lovely collection of small home goods such as salt cellars and porcelain soap dishes. Though Janet maintains her full-time career as a real estate broker, she opens the shop at weekends and when she is at home baking the door is open welcoming people in.
What year was Orient Linen Co. established? 2002
Is there a story behind the name you chose? I was living in China and Orient , NY at the time. My rooster logo is a very American image, and also a symbol of good fortune in China .
What are you famous for? Orient Linen Co. quilts and linens.
Where are your products sourced & made? Some items are still made in China but I now make or buy much more in US .
Who are your customers? Any one walking by .
Janet Markarian, shopkeeper at Orient Linen Co.
Who inspires you? A fine craftsman.
What inspires you? Beautiful design.
Before I was a shopkeeper, I…. Too long a list …
The hardest lesson learned in starting a business? The customer is always right.
What task do you like to delegate? Paperwork.
The best lesson you have learned opening a shop? The customer is always right.
Your advice for anyone wanting to open a shop? The customer is always right.
Which famous people would you like to visit your shop? The Obamas.
If you weren’t a shopkeeper you would be..? A baker.
What is your perfect day off? Gardening or cooking for friends
Can you share some favorite shops? Tender Buttons in NYC , Ian Mankin in London … any good fabric store.
Do you have a favorite coffee shop? Orient Country Store.
I wish I could… quit my job and work with my hands.
On the Future of Retail
“Small and specialized.”
Orient Linen Co.
1100 Village Lane, Orient, New York