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LEACOCK FURNITURE Celebrates 15 Years Making Quality, Handcrafted Furniture

Expansion is enough to make any business owner smile. When John Stoltzfus looks back to when his business began, he says itís hard to express his feelings on what it has become today. A simple request from his sister to make her a hutch led Stoltzfus to become one of the premiere hand-crafted, solid-oak furniture businesses in Amish Country and the East Coast.

The year 2000 seemed like a good time to reflect on the humble beginning of the business in 1985 in a barn just behind the current location. At the time, furniture wasnít even a part of the plans. Stoltzfus started in pine crafts, such as breadboxes and potato bins and would sell them to a farmerís market in New Jersey.

"We started with a couple of pieces of equipment in an old barn," recalled Stoltzfus. Through the years, Stoltzfus worked on crafts and moved from the barn to a shop in Intercourse as furniture requests increased. "We had outgrown our home territory, so we moved to Intercourse and then an opportunity came up for us to come to our current location," he said. "We decided to come, and since then weíve been expanding every year. When we started here, we had one-fourth of what we have now. Two years later, we took over half the building and last summer, we took over the rest."

The new showroom features Traditional, Shaker and Mission style furniture. The unique aspect of Leacock Furniture is that it offers customers the chance to place their order to their liking. Leacock Furniture offers six different door styles, a wide variety of hardware and a range of finishes from natural and oak, to dark walnut and cherry. "That is something you canít find anywhere else. We can pretty much give the customer what they want in a color," Stoltzfus said.

Bedroom, dining room sets and entertainment centers are a bulk of the business. However, the showroom reveals other hand-crafted items for the home including roll-top desks, shelves, jewelry boxes, snack trays, computer desks and childrenís furniture such as cradles, rocking chairs and high chairs. Stoltzfus also recently expanded his furniture line to offer upholstered furniture.

"We had people come in and look at some pieces, look at the price and then tell us they could get it for $200 less, but when they realize cheaper furniture is made largely from veneers, they come back and pay the extra for solid oak wood," Stoltzfus said. "We are the only manufacturer that uses solids to the extent that we do; solid wood and the finishes are what make our product special. We spend more time hand sanding and with the finishing process, so obviously it is going to cost more. We want to give a good product."

The businessman never imagined that a simple request from his sister would have led him to where he is today. "We want to continue to do a good job," he said. "I donít see myself expanding in the near future, but you never know."

Leacock Furniture is located at 3172 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird-in-Hand. Store hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 AM to 5 PM. For more information, call 717-768-7726 or 888-742-4141.

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