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Amish furniture on Jackson

 

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Size was important because the Narowskis' first customers were a niche market: large families who homeschooled their kids and wanted to expand their dinner table into a work space. The tables-along with living room and bedroom furniture-are on display in the couple's new store, Amish Furniture Home Showroom, which opened on Jackson Road in early October.

The Narowskis came across the Amish-made tables a little over ten years ago in a Christian community in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. They negotiated with Amish woodworkers and began selling the tables online. Wladyslaw, a self-taught woodworker who built custom-made furniture in the 1970s, taught the Amish how to make detachable legs for easier shipping.

Business picked up when the Narowskis started traveling to homeschooling conferences. Soon their customer base expanded to people who wanted to be able to entertain extended families during the holidays. Over the years they've added chairs, bedroom sets, living room pieces, and even a cabinet that can hold a plasma TV.

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