The company is owned by Frances and Tommy Sands, who started their custom furniture business in 2014.
“We wanted to start our own business to draw on our natural talents.” says Frances Sands. “Tommy has 20-plus years of experience in home construction and finish carpentry. My past experience is in property management and customer relations.”
The business started when they built a rustic coffee table, and accepted an offer to buy it. They decided to build two more, which also sold quickly. Advertising and word of mouth brought more attention. “It didn’t take long for someone to ask us to make a harvest table,” says Frances. “That is how it began.”
Starting out, the pair both worked full time, and worked on their business in the evenings and on weekends. On the first anniversary of their business, they came to a decision.
“We could not properly keep up with the orders, so Tommy decided to leave his day job and build furniture full time. I still work full time and work for our business nights and weekends. We have been in business for three years now.”
“Every piece of furniture that we make is a custom order – we don’t keep any furniture in stock. We build exactly what our customer wants.”
Their market extends from East Point to Tignish, and they also sell their furniture in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. In the future, they hope to expand the business with a larger work area, a store front, and staff.
“We are very pleased with our business. It has its ups and downs, but there is satisfaction at the end of the day knowing we have created a product and our customer is happy.”
Frances’ advice to new entrepreneurs is to start small, and to take it step by step.
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