Bernadette Kocis

Bernadette Kocis, of Cape May, opened Shore Home Outlet in Somers Point.

Business: Shore Home Outlet

Location: 112 Woodland Ave., Unit No. 2, Somers Point

Owner: Bernadette Kocis, 46, of Cape May

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Employees: Owner-operated, with subcontractors

Phone: 609-439-6160

Shore Home Outlet is a fabric store and more, with access to interior products, such as lighting, indoor/outdoor area rugs and accent furniture.

I’m also doing business with local upholsterers to supply people with pillows, cushions and custom draperies.

The fabrics in stock start at $7 a yard. Fabrics can be ordered. I carry 12 fabric lines, from traditional to contemporary to beach- inspired. I also have indoor-outdoor fabrics, such as Sunbrella, Bella Dura and Outdura.

As far as the accent furniture goes, I have a line that comes in 50 different colors. The pieces are available in various sizes, and the manufacturer will customize them. So, if you need a very small coffee table, as some condo dwellers do, I have access to that kind of thing.

I have vinyls and faux leathers, and a fabric mill that will custom-make fabric in a variety of patterns and  about 600 colors to choose from.

Six companies supply our accent rugs, and we have indoor-outdoor ones made of polypropylene that are very durable and washable.

I have woven cotton rugs available in many colors and patterns, as well as wool rugs, jute rugs and durries (a heavy cotton rug from India).

Lighting in the store includes products made of bamboo, driftwood and twigs, with most of them having a coastal feeling or vibe.

Some are custom-made by me, one-of-a-kind pieces, and others come from a factory. There are hanging pendants for hard wiring, and I have table lamps.

I have partnerships with lighting and flooring companies. We can do a whole house.

Entry: My design degree is from Drexel University. Right out of college, I started working in interior design. For years, I had a home-based business, which grew to a point that I needed a separate location, concentrated in one area.

The future: I will have a line of kitchen cabinetry soon and will offer cabinet and kitchen design.

I will have an open house for builders and contractors in August. Information on that will be at

Been working with the Press for about 27 years.

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