Susan Bay — Founder and President
Founder and President of Bay Design Store, Susan Bay, successfully owned and operated the Bay Design Store in Ann Arbor, Michigan for over 25 years in addition to the Naples, Florida store. She is recognized and respected in both states as one of the leading designer and specialty furniture store entrepreneurs.
In southeastern Michigan, Susan is noted as a premier designer for her award-winning classic design style that is original as well as timeless. Her work there encompasses residential, new construction and renovations, model homes and award-winning hotels. In Naples, where she has concentrated on residential projects and her unique Bay Design Store design and concept. Susan is considered to be one of Florida's leading designers.
Since opening the Naples store in 2003, Susan has concentrated on establishing the Bay Design Store as one of the most unique, beautiful and successful retail stores in Southwest Florida as well as one of its leading interior design firms. Since establishing the Bay Design Interior Design Studio, managed by Design Director, James V. Kunstel, ASID, the store and studio have expanded 3 times in the past 9 years, twice in the past two years.
Susan’s superb eye for color and style can be seen in the rotating collection of beguiling, sophisticated accessories, original oil paintings of gallery quality, prints of all price ranges, stunning furniture and upholstery. Located just two blocks off the beach, Susan refers to her relaxed but elegant style as the "New Traditional". "Inspired by colors of the waves, beach, sky and shells surrounding us, it is my desire to have the store be a reflection of our location and its remarkable environment. "The colors and themes from the sea can be found in most all our settings throughout the store," says Susan.
"The Naples store was created for the full-time and seasonal residents as well as for visitors, to fall in love with and to enjoy. That’s what makes me the very happiest," says Susan.