Martin & MacArthur to open 10th Hawaii store in Waikiki
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that the new 2,500 square-foot store will carry the company's furniture, along with home furnishings and accessories and other items made either by the company's woodworking staff or some 200 Hawaii crafts vendors.
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#1 Oct 16, 2011
Ever since this company had been bought out by Michael Tam, the artists have been treated unfairly and paid extremely late. The company mission has become one of dominance and bullying. ALOHA no longer exists between this company and anyone but himself.
Michael Tam preaches to those that listen about his mission to promote the local artists and build relationships when all he has done is burn bridges and stab people in the back.
This company while under John and Lloyd was one with ALOHA and was truly built upon local relationships.
Please help the smaller businesses and artists that are being threatened by the new ownership. Avoid the high prices and buy from the smaller gift galleries who treat their artists with respect.
#2 Oct 16, 2011
Recently sold-The new owners do not carry on the tradition. They buy cheap goods and try to sell at M&M prices. Quality is now terrible, but they bought the legacy of M&M and feel they can do what they want. DO NOT BUY from this store! They have fired nearly all the wood staff because they are buying from the orient and passing it off as local. BEWARE.
#3 Oct 16, 2011
BUYERS BEWARE.. I purchased a koa wood bowl last spring and it sat untouched behind glass in my cabinet for around 6 months before i noticed that it had 2 cracks that had developed along the grain of the wood. I brought it into the store along with the receipt (which surprisingly I was able to find) and the lady basically told me sorry but they could not exchange it. Mind you, I never even touched it after the day i bought and yet it managed to crack on its own. My father used to own a wood furniture business back home and he said that it appeared the wood was not dried properly and as a result it was cracking as it dried out. The cracks continued to spread and just recently i was forced to throw it out as I see no use in keeping a bowl with major cracking as the cracks had reached 5 inches long and they appeared like it was eventually going to crack the bowl in half. Mind you, i never once used this and it sat untouched behind glass so keep that in mind before you purchase anything made of koa from this store as it seems they do not properly prepare their wood and do not stand behind their work. Two thumbs down to both their service and craftsmanship.
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