By Mitch Kaskie
New Mission business Uncommon Goods Supply Co. actually has a lot in common with it’s “husband” company, Project Solutions. Both deal with interior surfaces, are based out of the same store, and are actually owned by the same married couple. But, even common things have differences.
Misty and Garrett Schmidt began working together in 2006 for a flooring company in Martin City, Missouri. But after the housing crash in 2008, their doors were closed and the company shut down.
Although they were in the midst of an economic depression, the Schmidts liked the flooring business and wanted to make a company work on their own. Because Garrett had background in commercial construction, they created Project Solutions which would focus on the commercial side of interior surfaces.
About a year ago, Misty had enough of her corporate America job and decided the economy was strong enough to start her own business to join with her husband and Project Solutions. She would do this by focusing her company on the residential side of interior surfaces, expanding her knowledge from flooring to everything from countertops and cabinetry to wall coverings and paint.
“We enjoyed [the flooring] aspect of it,” Misty said. “But we knew there was so much more that goes into a home. When someone is making a choice about upgrading a space, or even building a new home, there’s more finishes than just what goes on the floors.”
Project Solutions had been working out of the Munzel-Keach office buildings in Mission for the past couple of years, but with the idea of starting the residential division, the couple decided it was time to move out. By February, the Schmidts found a new space at 5860 Beverly Avenue in Mission, and began building and designing what would become Uncommon Goods Supply Co.
The store was finished and opened up for business in June 2014. Both Project Solutions and Uncommon Goods work out of the space. For more information visit http://www.uncommongoodsco.com/
Editor’s Note: The business was forced to change its name to Uncommon Supply Co. after a trademark threat from a business in New York.