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Ferdinand Merkel, Ann Arbor, 2012

Furnishing a Legacy

The Merkels of Chelsea

posted 10/29/2012

Brothers Jack and Bob Merkel sit in a furniture showroom at the Chelsea store that bears their name--a Main Street fixture since their father Ferdinand set up shop here in 1924. "This is solid cherry," Bob says, slapping the table with his hand. "It has heirloom capability." The Merkel brothers, both in their early eighties, ran the family's furniture and

 
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