LIKE MOST GOOD STORIES, MINE STARTS WITH A GIRL.
I married Hayley with all kinds of dreams in my heart and she gave me the courage to walk them out. I am from Kansas City and she is from Texas, and in college we met at a camp called Barnabas. It took her some time to catch up to my feelings but as soon as she did I married her. Today we have four kids, twenty employees, and all kinds of joy.
WHEN SHE WAS PREGNANT WITH OUR FIRST…
she talked me into quitting my real job so I could attempt to make furniture for a living. We started out in our little detached garage outside of Kansas City. After a year in the backyard we bought an old house to fix up into a shop.
WE WERE GROWING QUICKLY.
We moved into a bigger shop, and then a bigger one after that. I hired my first employee, Robb, back in the blue house, and then Jacob came on after our second move.
BY OUR THIRD BUILDING WE HAD SEVEN GUYS.
It was beginning to feel like a blitz, but we were still having fun, and by this time we are starting to get pretty good at making furniture.
THEN CAME THE CHURCH.
Desiring an even bigger adventure, I fell in love with a 100-year-old, abandoned church in Midtown. I had learned by this time that the people who bought furniture from us were fans of a good story, and I knew this old church would be just that.
IT WAS A MASSIVE UNDERTAKING.
We spent a whole year renovating the building from top to bottom. There was no heating and cooling, no electrical, no plumbing. It was a huge renovation, but so worth the risk!
THEN THERE WAS TEXAS!
In the summer of 2017 Hayley (Texan) and I (Kansas Citian) decided it was time to expand the operation to Dallas, TX. We flew down in June to look at showroom spaces, and decided on the Brake & Clutch Warehouse in Deep Ellum. It too was a big renovation, and in January of 2018 we loaded up two box-truck’s worth of furniture and created a new showroom.
HAYLEY AND I NOW HAVE FOUR KIDS…
eighteen employees, and I can say with great sincerity that we all really like what we do. I am very much hoping our story is still in the early chapters. We’ll be sure to keep you updated as we grow.