Everett Stunz, sales manager, both have panache

Cori Faulkner shows of Everett Stunz linens. Photo: Dave Schwab

Cori Faulkner amidst Everett Stunz lingerie corner. Photo: Dave Schwab.

There’s a good reason why sales manager Cori Faulkner has worked for more than 20 years at Everett Stunz in La Jolla: It’s like family.

“I know the customers — we have that personal relationship,” she said. “Even the people I work with are like family. I can’t imagine working anywhere else.”

In business for 45 years in the jewel, the fine linens and luxury bedding store at 7624 Girard Ave. has been run by only three families, including Phil and Nicki Coller the past five years.

The shop carries linens imported from around the world of the highest quality and latest designs. It is San Diego’s only supplier of DUX Beds, as well as having an exclusive line of Everett Stunz adjustable and flat beds that can be custom made to order.

Interior designers provide design and manufacture service to personal specifications for homes or yachts.

Like continental drift, the linen boutique has been “inching” its way down Girard.

“We joke that every 20 years we move two doors down,” said Faulker, noting the store started out four doors down from its present location with only one bed on its showroom floor and handled mostly fun loungewear and gifts. It’s since morphed into one of San Diego’s premier linen and bed stores.

“We became  a Dux store about 25 years ago,” said Faulkner. “Then we started bringing in more linens and got away from the gifts and tabletops because we had panache here.”

The store now has a big open space allowing it to compartmentalize, having lots of neat spaces to outfit, like its fun lingerie closet. Said Faulker: “It allows us to have various areas throughout the store, like our little sleep shop with our down comforters, pillows and blankets. We have our towels beautifully merchandised with bath accessories.”

For Faulkner, it’s easy to detail what makes Everett Stunz uniqueÚ “We’re a one-stop shop. You can find anything here. If you purchase a bed from us, you can pretty much outfit it from floor to top. We also do custom design if somebody has a boat or an RV or a heart-shaped or round bed.”

Faulkner comes by linens naturally. She was literally born into the trade. Her mom worked for a linen store in Florida and was recruited to the San Francisco Bay area before “discovering” what became Everett Stunz in La Jolla.

“From a young age I was playing with my mom’s swatches and mixing and matching fabrics,” said Faulkner. “Barbie had an awesome town house. Her house was decked out. I didn’t care about the fashion. I cared about the interior design. Still to this day, that’s what gets me excited.”

Call Everett Stunz at (858) 459-3305 or go to www.everettstunz.com/.

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