Chicago, IL (PressExposure) June 14, 2013 -- Alma Gutierez, owner of Cassona, our most recently certified business, has taken great steps to distinguish her business as one that is environmentally conscious. This is no easy feat for a furniture store, especially when the majority of furniture these days is manufactured over-seas in places like China. However, Cassona has worked to incorporate several lines of furniture from a manufacturer based here in the U.S. They are also working to provide more environmentally friendly fabric options and products for the store.
Perhaps the most significant step that Cassona has taken is in lighting the store. Replacing 55 energy inefficient halogen track lights with brand new, Energy Star Rated LED bulbs, Cassona could see an 85% reduction in electricity usage. Utilizing both the Andersonville Green Building Incentive and ComEd Instant rebates, the project costs dropped so significantly that the remaining difference should be paid off in utility savings within a year.
While they may not be a Three Star Business yet, the steps that Alma has taken for Cassona are quite remarkable and certainly stand as a trailblazing achievement that other businesses will follow after.
Inspired by the beauty and the style of the furniture and objects Alma Gutierrez experienced in her travels around the world- she founded cassona in 1996. Since then cassona has been a staple in the Andersonville neighborhood serving the community by offering affordable and high quality home and office furniture with a friendly staff dedicated to helping their customers with their expert advice in home decor home furnishing and accessories. Cassona, which in Spanish means "large house" or "mansion," has a long history of finding beautiful and affordable furniture and accessories for its customers.
Alma started cassona, handpicking furniture and accessories from Mexico made by artisans with centuries old techniques such as rustic furniture, talavera, pewter, copper vases, tin mirrors, etc. Over time, Ms. Gutierrez widened cassona's scope to include handpicked furniture and accessories from Peru, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and many other countries. Today, Cassona offers an array of styles from contemporary to traditional to multifunctional pieces ideal for an eclectic urban decor. There is always something new to discover when you come to Cassona for home decor, furnishings & accessories, office furniture, contemporary beds, sofas, chairs, tables, bedroom, dining room & living room furniture.