My family has owned and operated a custom furniture shop for the past seventy years. The store began with my Grandparents, who started with one small room where they worked together to design and build the furniture. My Grandpa purchased hardwood from a local mill and painstakingly crafted each individual piece. My Grandma handled the upholstery, staining and finishing of the furniture. They made kitchen tables, bed frames, chairs, bureaus, armoires, and all sorts of amazing things. As more and more people heard about the quality of the furniture, the business steadily grew. Once my father and aunt joined the business, they expanded to include both a huge showroom and workshop. I have worked with my parents in the custom furniture shop since I was just a little kid. I’ve learned how to custom design and build the furniture and how to work with the customers. Very often, people come in and they aren’t quite sure what they’re looking for. I help them determine the style they are looking for and choose colors, textures, and fabrics. Occasionally we custom design a single piece, such as a couch or a side table, and at other times, we design an entire room, from the carpets and curtains, to every piece of furniture. Watching a space take shape is a very rewarding process. The end result is far more personalized than if the customer simply picked out random pieces available at the local furniture store. Because we custom make each piece, they are one of a kind and accurately reflect the customer’s personality and preferences.