NB|AZ provides furniture store owner with exceptional service
Valerie’s Furniture & Accents in Cave Creek sells beautiful Southwest-themed furniture, the vast majority of which is designed and manufactured in the U.S. “I believe in American-made products,” said Valerie Watters, president of the store that has been located in the Northeast Valley for 26 years.
Her store was situated in Scottsdale for its first 13 years, but in 2002, she relocated it to Cave Creek. “I’m a small-town girl from northern Michigan,” she said, “so Cave Creek is perfect for me and perfect for the style of furniture I offer.”
Many of the pieces she showcases have been designed by local artists. One artist is especially known for creating custom copper and wood furniture. “He creates desks, dining tables, credenzas and coffee tables from a gorgeous combination of gleaming copper and woods native to Arizona, including juniper and mesquite,” she said.
“Furniture is fashion,” Watters said. “New fabrics, colors, finishes and styles evolve every six months. I love being able to offer the latest and greatest. And I love bringing new merchandise in to create displays that awe people.”
Watters is a client of National Bank of Arizona and banks at the branch office in Carefree. That office spotlights Carefree- and Cave Creek-based businesses with a monthly display, so when it’s Valerie’s Furniture & Accents’ turn to be featured, some of the actual furniture offered at the store is displayed in the lobby of the bank branch. It’s the bank’s way of showing support for small businesses, explained Jennifer McGirr, branch manager of the Carefree office and Watters’ banker.
Watters said she appreciates the personal service she receives from NB|AZ. “If I need help with anything related to the finances of my business, Jennifer will come to me to help. I also especially like that I get great interest rates and great credit card processing rates that beat other banks. NB|AZ is just awesome.”
Story by Debra Gelbart | Photography by Mark Lipczynski