Every year for the last 16 years Rochester, New York’s daily newspaper Democrat and Chronicle (D&C) has been asking its readers to cast votes for their favorite local business in Rochester’s Choice Awards contest.
This year a Rochester, NY furniture store Amish Outlet & Gift Shop became a Gold Medal winner in the Handcrafted Furniture category for the 6th consecutive time.
Participants of the Choice Awards vote for 10 different businesses that are divided into 4 major categories: Restaurant, Entertainment, Business/Service, and Shopping, comprising a total of 125 different subcategories of businesses.
“We work very hard to keep earning this award as our customers have learned to expect the best quality wooden and upholstered furniture from us”, said Edward Van De Water, a co-owner of the Amish Outlet & Gift Shop, a furniture store in the Rochester, NY area.
Amish furniture has been growing in popularity among value-conscious homeowners who appreciate handcrafted, one-of-a-kind hardwood furniture pieces crafted with immense attention to detail. The ability to have input in creating their own furniture, which makes each piece more meaningful, as well as the fact that it is made in the USA, is very appealing to many. Most of Amish Outlet’s customers also appreciate the fact that the store’s vendors use green practices in their hand-tooled custom construction and delivery.
Amish Outlet & Gift Shop makes it easy to select the furniture because it boasts one of the largest furniture showrooms in the Rochester, NY area.
The store has been selling Amish furniture for more than a quarter of a century and for the most part, has been working with the same Amish craftsmen. Working with the same suppliers for a long time builds trust and allows exploring new ideas that the customers might come up with.
In the past, Amish Outlet & Gift Shop only carried furniture made by the Amish masters from Pennsylvania. This year, to expand the furniture selection Amish Outlet has added a new vendor, an Amish Furniture Maker from Ohio, Homestead. It was chosen because like other vendors carried by the Amish Outlet, it combines solid tradition, creativity, innovation and artistry to craft furniture that will endure generations of use.
Homestead wooden furniture comes in a variety of styles that appeal to buyers who prefer traditional Amish designs and to more adventurous, often younger, buyers who like a little more affordable, still well-made furniture that has “character”. That is why in addition to using wood species traditionally used by the Amish masters – oak, cherry, maple, elm and walnut, Homestead uses reclaimed oak, elm and walnut wood harvested from old barns and other objects.
Delivering what people are asking and looking for allowed Amish Outlet to win a lot of loyal fans that keep coming back, and are happy to give their votes in Rochester’s Choice Awards for their favorite handcrafted furniture store in Rochester, NY.
Visit Amish Outlet & Gift Shop online, or if you are in the Rochester, NY area, stop by the store at 3530 Union St. in North Chili, NY 14514
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