Our Story

Our Story
The furniture industry has been a big part of my entire life. I used to get a quarter for every catalog I built for my father as a child. As a teenager, I saw American factories moving overseas and a country racing to the bottom as it sadly chose cost cutting shortcuts over craftsmanship. After I took my first job in furniture, I watched the internet and the housing crisis close small furniture stores all over Maryland. This left a lot of out of state chain stores that still have a misguided focus on profits. My father once told me “Son whatever you do, don’t open up a furniture store.” I probably would have listened, but then I met Seth Barkman.Ours is a love story, rooted in friendship and expanded into a business relationship that just got jumbled together. I showed Seth the furniture markets for his first time and the industry became new and personal to me. We wanted to challenge the industry to do more for a consumer. The idea was ignited to create a store that centered around giving customers well made, affordable, and customizable options to improve their homes and enhance their lifestyle. We are honored to pass on that knowledge to our community.
MiY stands for “Mine is Yours” because we invite you to our home address when we invite you to our store. We renovated a four-story building from the late 1800’s preserving as much of it as we could. Seth and I live above our store and we only carry products that we both personally love and use. In another homage to Baltimore, we put a 1,400 sq. ft. roof deck that offers a sweeping view of downtown. By living and working in the same place we were able to pass those savings onto our customers, but it also connected us to the community we love.

I invite you to read about our staff below because they each make this company amazing and have a unique story.

We are all excited to work with you.

Meet The Team

Meet The Team

Michael Ryan Wright

Michael Ryan Wright

CEO
Founder
Destroyer of fun
I am constantly listening to hear if a staff member is laughing at a cat video. I break that up immediately to make sure you are 100% getting the best experience at MiY Home. But seriously, I got into this business to be my authentic self and create a company that cares for not only it’s customers, but for the neighbors who can’t yet afford to shop at my store.

I am proud everyday when I see the Bethlehem Steel Beam just inside our front door. Both my grandparents worked at that Baltimore Plant to make a better life for their family, I try to continue that legacy every day and think of all of Baltimore as my own family.

What does a man with a Peace War and Defence Degree who was thrown out of the military for being gay know about furniture… EVERYTHING.

This man has more ideas for your home and how you can get better sleep than you are ready for.

Seth moves through life on his own schedule, dictated by chance moments of inspiration.

His brain constantly re-imagines the room he is in, the building is in front of or the entire block he is waking down.

Seth Barkman

Development
Founder
Talks way too much
Seth Barkman
Scott Oliphant

Scott Oliphant

Development
Commercial Projects
Owner
Master Contingency Planner
Scott came into MiY home as a customer, desperate for a mattress.

See, you need good sleep if you are getting your Ph.D. from Hopkins in biophysics. But Seth and Scott started having so much fun remodeling his home that their relationship transcended retail and became more like brotherly love.

When the project was done, Scott wasn’t. He left with his Masters and joined our family.

Bringing with him the exquisite taste and an analytical mind that furniture industry has never seen before.

Omar was one of the original entrepreneurs in Douglass District. I first shook his hand after being so fond of his restaurant that I demanded to meet the owner.

He opened By Degrees Cafe and was the Head Chef that made Chicken Under a Brick Sandwich that could melt your face. His skills gracefully transferred to the furniture industry.

It’s hard to pinpoint what makes him such a great manager, but it’s something to do with how empathetic and approachable he is coupled with great taste and an impressive depth of product knowledge.

Omar Semidey

Store Manager
Chef
Owner
Super Hero for Equality
Omar Semidey
Michele Kampe

Michele Kampe

General Manager
Mother Hon
My relationship with Michele dates back to childhood as she remains deeply intertwined with my own furniture family.

She worked and would later own Lauman’s Furniture and was the first person to buy furniture from my father. I remember sneaking away from my dad in her store and jumping all over her beds and sofas as a child.

Michele furniture career spans decades and solidifies MIY’s commitment to quality products and service.

She has an uncanny ability to see a product as it is and not be biased by misleading internet photographs or over hyped marketing.

410-881-0187 miy@miyhome.com
Monday: 12pm - 6pm
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 12pm - 6pm
Thursday: 12pm - 6pm
Friday: 12pm - 6pm
Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 10am - 5pm