Main Street Spotlight

Business Spotlight: Thrill of the Hunt

Kristina and Mike Lyden own and operate Thrill of the Hunt at 315 England Street. The couple “bring hidden style to life” daily by upcycling furniture and décor pieces.

Inside the retail store and onsite workshop, you will find an artful mix of furniture and home décor. The business specializes in quality-crafted, hand-painted furniture. Additionally, the Lydens and artist in-residence Catherine Fitzgerald Wood offer workshops, supplies, custom pieces made-to-order, and interior design.

Thrill of the Hunt began in 2011 under Wood’s ownership, with Kristina Lyden on the design team. “We fell in love with bringing things back to life,” says Wood. As the business continued, Lyden’s role grew. In 2017, she and her husband became new owners, with Wood as part of the design team.
The team is producing quality results. Every piece in the showroom has been hand painted in-house. The result is a collection that will inspire any home.

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