My Small Biz: Vineland store sells real wood furniture
Apr 10, 2012 (The Press of Atlantic City - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Business: Mel's Amish Connection
Location: Landis MarketPlace, at 631 E. Landis Ave., Vineland
Owner: Mel Scovill, 62, of Vineland
Mel's Amish Connection has all types of Amish furniture, including fine furniture bedroom sets, living room, dining room sets, whatever they want in hardwood furniture.
I also have rustic hickory furniture, more cabin type of furniture. On part of it they leave the bark on it, just smooth it out and seal it off, so it looks really woodsy.
The bedroom sets and everything in that line are finished wood, and the actual wood can be oak or whatever they want.
All of the furniture is made by Amish people, most of them from western Pennsylvania, where I was born and raised. Then I stayed in Lancaster, Pa., for a couple of years while I had a store north of Baltimore.
If there's something people want and we don't have it, the craftsmen can custom make it.
I also have poly lumber outdoor furniture, made from recycled plastic for outdoors in the weather on the patio. We have Adironack chairs, gliders, chairs, swings, anything they want in patio furniture made from the poly lumber.
That, too, is made by hand by the Amish people. Everything here is handmade.
The living, dining and bedroom wood furniture is available in different styles with different stains. It's all solid wood, not that kind of fake wood with a veneer on top of it to make it look nice.
Solid hardwood furniture is not cheap furniture. Rocking chairs are $200 up to $350, depending on how fancy they are. End tables range from $130 and up.
Entry: I had a store near Baltimore and that was my first. But I wasn't able to do the fine furniture there that I wanted to, and I heard about this place where I could do fine furniture, so I thought I'd try it.
I like this business because there are so many different styles and things you can get. It's kind of hard sometimes dealing with the Amish people because they have no phones, but that's the only place you can get this furniture and it's kind of fun sometimes dealing with them.
The future: I'd like to do more here and might enlarge my space and inventory here. There are so many things you can get, all the items from all the categories.
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