Rafael Luna Diaz
A 1920s factory building in Puerto Rico’s Old San Juan has been magically transformed into the area’s latest shopping destination: AARON STEWART HOME. The 3,200-square-foot space that once churned out Ford automobiles is now stylishly merchandised with a plethora of goods for the home — think furniture, lighting, bedding, glassware and china, bath and table linens … even fabric by the yard. It’s all the vision of Aaron Stewart, a former vice president of design at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, and Fernando Rodriguez, a Puerto Rican native who had a career in publishing and luxury fashion brands before joining the team. The shop fills what the duo saw as a glaring hole in the local retail offerings. “When I’d visit and go into stores here, I noticed a lack of color,” Stewart explains. “In our store, you’re hit over the head with beautiful, colorful objects.” And art — the shop hosts gallery nights to showcase the work of artists like Kansas-based painter Jane Booth and a stable of Latin American talents, such as Costa Rican photographer Alberto Coto. Clooney, the cockapoo puppy who acts as the store’s mascot, often accompanies shoppers as they browse brands that include Matouk and John Robshaw linens, as well as accessories by famed designer Kelly Wearstler and a selection of fashion accessories. “We want to be the destination for everyone’s gift-giving needs by offering an eclectic mix of items previously not available here,” Stewart says. “I love the looks on people’s faces while they shop. It’s been really well received.” 

301 Avenida Constitución, Puerta de Tierra; (787) 918-8361; www.aaronstewarthome.com