Coastal Designer Outlet manager Werner Tedesco, left, and store owner Dan Powell emphasize a no-pressure environment for their customers. By Donald WittkowskiQuite often, the typical experience for customers at a furniture store is to be swarmed by commissioned salespeople as soon as they walk through the door.Step inside Coastal Designer Outlet in Ocean View, though, and you’re free to browse as long as you like without being pressured into a deal, says store owner Dan Powell and manager Werner Tedesco.“We enjoy having you come in and taking a look around,” said Tedesco, a Cape May resident and 30-year veteran of the furniture business in Cape May County. “We’re going to give you space to get a feel for what we have. We’re not to hawk you.”Powell said the no-pressure atmosphere reflects the strong relationship he has built up with his customers in the nine years he has owned Coastal Designer Outlet.“We strive to make everyone comfortable,” he said.Wall art and other accessories at Coastal Designer Outlet often feature a seashore theme.Powell noted that his business strategy combines superior customer service with affordable pricing for high-quality furniture and accessories that feature a decidedly seashore vibe.“We’re geared primarily toward second homeowners and beach homes, although we can accommodate just about everybody,” he said.Coastal Designer Outlet is located in the Ocean View section of Dennis Township at 556 Sea Isle Boulevard, at the corner of Route 9, right next to a Wawa. It is just outside of Sea Isle City.Powell, an Ocean City native who also owns Complete Interiors in Avalon, opened Coastal Designer Outlet in 2008 to provide affordably priced furniture and seashore-themed accessories for the Cape May and Atlantic County marketplace.Sea Isle City, which is filled with beachfront summer vacation homes, is the store’s primary customer base. The store also serves Avalon, Wildwood, Ocean City and little bit of Cape May. Powell and Tedesco said they also have customers in the surrounding mainland communities.Store owner Dan Powell stands inside his showroom of bedroom furniture and dining sets.Coastal Designer Outlet carries an array of brand name furniture, including Bassett, Ashley, Braxton Culler, Overnight Sofa Co. and other favorites. Although the store primarily sells new furniture, bargain hunters can also find scratch-and-dents and discontinued items at discount prices.“We search out discontinued items and closeouts. Whenever we can find a deal, we pass that on to our customer base,” Powell said.What may distinguish Coastal Designer Outlet the most from other furniture stores is its collection of hard-to-find artwork and accessories featuring unique designs to add some splash to seashore homes.“We try to create a seashore vibe, with durability in mind,” Tedesco said.Miniature lifeguard boats embossed with the names of Jersey Shore towns are among the whimsical items.The store is a veritable treasure trove of whimsical items. There is a replica of a saber-toothed tiger skull, Victorian-style hot air balloon decorations hanging from the ceiling and miniature lifeguard boats stamped with the names of Jersey Shore towns, just to name a few.“We call it upping our cool factor,” Tedesco said of the unusual décor.Powell explained that the store also carries artwork and accessories that can be customized for each home. For instance, one piece of wall art on display says “Ludlam Island Whaling Company Old North Wharf.”Ludlam Island was the original name for Sea Isle City, which means the artwork would fit perfectly in a home in Sea Isle, Powell said. The same artwork can be customized to have the names of other shore towns, he noted.Altogether, the store carries bedroom sets, sofas, curios, dining tables, accent tables, lamps, paintings, accessories, beach chairs, blinds, shutters, drapes, cornices and more.On its website, Coastal Designer Outlet proclaims that it has the “greatest collection of shore décor.”Perhaps best of all, customers needn’t worry if they want to come in and casually take a look around. They’ll be no high-pressure salespeople looking over their shoulder, Powell and Tedesco assured.“We hear it from our customers all of the time. They tell us, ‘Thank you for letting us breathe and look,’” Tedesco said.Coastal Designer Outlet is located in a shopping plaza at 556 Sea Isle Boulevard in the Ocean View section of Dennis Township.
Stephen Keshi has been appointed Nigeria coach for the third time after signing a two-year contract on Tuesday.In his first spell he won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations but the deal was not renewed after the 2014 World Cup.He later returned on a match-by-match deal, which ended in November after failure to reach the 2015 Nations Cup.”It’s a fresh start. We need the support of our fans, media and every Nigerian to return the team to where we truly belong,” Keshi told BBC Sport.”As a coach and former player I was also hurt that we failed to qualify for the last Nations Cup.Continue reading the main story “I remain confident that this time around we will see an improvement, change in attitude and positive results”Stephen Keshi”To succeed we all need to come together as one because Nigeria belongs to us, this is not Stephen Keshi’s team but our national team.”BBC Sport understands that Keshi has been set several targets and that his contract will be terminated if he does not meet them.The 53-year-old was also required to sign a code of conduct and is expected to work with the Nigerian Football Federation technical committee.Keshi, who also won the Nations Cup as a player with Nigeria in 1994, declined to comment on the contract details or the exit of his long-term assistant Daniel Amokachi. Former Nigeria striker Amokachi has left his role with immediate effect and has been replaced by Salisu Yusuf.Yusuf, who led Kano Pillars to the Nigerian title in 2008, has previously worked as assistant to former Nigeria coach Samson Siasia at both senior and U-20 levels.As caretaker coach, Keshi endured a turbulent 2014, in which he was sacked by the NFF and only reinstalled after intervention from Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan.His last two home matches in Abuja and Akwa Ibom were marred by a negative reaction from the public and Keshi has pleaded for the home supporters to be positive during the 2017 Nations Cup qualifiers.The Super Eagles have been drawn in one of the toughest-looking groups, alongside seven-time champions Egypt, Tanzania and Chad. “I understand we still have some disappointed people out there but our dedicated players deserve our encouragement and support,” added Keshi.”It doesn’t matter where they play, these boys always give everything and we need to stand by them and the coaching crew.”I remain confident that this time around we will see an improvement, change in attitude and positive results.”