New store offering hand-crafted furniture

If you think they just don’t make things the way they used to, you might want to check out the grand-opening of Rempel Furniture during “Holly Daze” in Emo this Friday and Saturday.
Dave Rempel is in the process of moving his showroom from Stratton and will be ready to open his doors again in Emo on Friday.
Rempel offers the kind of hand-crafted quality hardwood furniture and accessories that have become a rare commodity in this age of box store boredom.
He takes the semi-finished product and completes it here at his store and showroom. It’s the kind of work to which he is long-accustomed.
“My dad’s always been a carpenter and I learned from him,” Rempel noted Saturday from his rented home in Emo.
“It started as a hobby and it just got bigger and bigger,” he added.
Rempel and his father have an interesting history.
His father was born in Canada, but moved to Mexico, where Rempel was born. Then at the age of nine, he moved to Texas before moving back to Borderland in 1986 to be close to his future wife, Maria.
As a result of his peripatetic background, Rempel would be in the rather unique position of qualifying for a NAFTA passport—if such a thing existed.
“I’m a citizen of North America,” he smiled.
He now travels exclusively as a Canadian, however, and so is the furniture he sells. If you’re looking for contemporary vinyl or stuffed upholstery, you might as well keep looking.
Rempel’s products are made only from the finest hardwoods, although some chairs have leather padded seats.
Rempel doesn’t make the furniture from scratch. Rather, it is cut and measured from quality oak, maple, and cherry in the Kitchener-Waterloo, Elmira, and St. Jacobs area of southwestern Ontario by Amish artisans, who have been doing this sort of thing for 200 years.
Rempel finishes and assembles the pieces by hand for sale here.
Rempel said he even can customize your order for you. For instance, if you are looking for one or two pieces to complement a sitting room, just bring in a sample of your furniture or a good photo of it and Rumpel will stain it in the colour you like to match the existing decor.
He also sells bedroom suites, end tables, and even grandfather clocks.
To help celebrate the grand opening, Rempel will have some special deals, as well as complimentary doughnuts and coffee. To top off the weekend, he will be drawing the winning tickets for the Emo “bucks” on Saturday afternoon.
The new 1,500 sq. ft. store/showroom is located on the south side of Highway 11/71 about one km west of Emo (near the agricultural research station).