“I had always wanted to come to the U.S,” says Harun Abacioglu (pronounced ha-roon A-ba-see-ag-loo), whose name translates “man who sells cloth.” Abacioglu came to this country as a young man and graduated from college in Northern Virginia. Born in Istanbul, Turkey (population 17 million), he learned English in high school. He is now a U.S. citizen.
Abacioglu has been on the Virginia Peninsula since 2015. He was able to open his own Kitchen and Bath Shop in February of this year. Kitchen and Bath Shop is a leading retailer of kitchen, bathroom and home products, with eight locations in Northern Virginia and Maryland. It also offers home remodeling. “We are a one-stop shop,” says Abacioglu. “Our award-winning designers assist the customer with putting together the ‘perfect package,’” he adds. “We want the remodeling to be as easy as possible for the customer. We remove the stress and hassle.”
The extensive website has illustrations of many choices. One outstanding item is a free-standing tub. An elegant design, it also promises to be easy to clean, adjustable and stain/scratch resistant. Many photos of products make it easier to choose.
The Kitchen and Bath showroom in Oyster Point is expansive, with many examples of remodeling possibilities. Currently gray/white/black combinations are popular.
There are modern, traditional and classic kitchen cabinet and bathroom options. “We want to help customers with finding and buying a dream kitchen or bath,” says Abacioglu. He suggests a visit to the showroom. The staff is prepared to help with choices. Designing services are offered free of charge.
“We believe in supplying products that stand the test of time,” says Abacioglu. Kitchen and Bath also offers long guarantees against manufacturing defects. “We want the customer to have peace of mind,” he says.
Along with the large fixtures there are also shower doors, medicine cabinets, mirrors, toilet toppers, faucets, lights, fixtures and counter tops. “We are here to help,” says Abacioglu.
Another area where Kitchen and Bath designers can assist is with closet makeovers, with the ability to design, build and install flexible, creative closets. A closet makeover can provide solutions for organizing and adding needed space.
Kitchen and Bath’s blog showcases community projects and some “how to” projects. Currently online is a plan to freshen a kitchen without remodeling. There are also inexpensive tips on redoing backsplashes.
Abacioglu lives on the Peninsula with his wife and two children. “It’s a nice place to live,” he says. “The weather is good and there are no earthquakes,” he adds with a smile. The Peninsula doesn’t have a large Turkish community. “There are 15 or 20 families in Virginia Beach,” says Abacioglu. “There is also a Turkish Cultural Center in Norfolk.”
Abacioglu has family in Turkey, including four siblings. His mother and father come to the U.S. for a visit every year. He enjoys hiking, fishing and learning American history.
“I am looking forward to expanding my business,” says Abacioglu. “I will increase my product line and gain more online sales. America has truly been the land of opportunity.”