In late 1997, one of our partners was shopping for a dining room set and noticed the sets in the big box stores were all cheaply made and used inferior wood substitutes. He did some research and discovered a thriving furniture industry in the Shipshewana Indiana area. He found they produced solid wood pieces using time proven construction methods, exactly the quality furniture he was looking for. He purchased an Amish made dining set and returned home to Michigan. After many dinner guests complimented him on the set and asked where he had purchased it, he realized there was an untapped market for quality furniture in Southeast Michigan. He enlisted a fellow automotive engineer and together they spent many weekends driving the back roads of Shipshewana IN., Goshen IN., and various Amish enclaves around Millersburg Ohio. Together they met and enlisted 80 Amish builders to help them bring Amish furniture to the Metro Detroit area and in August of 1998 they opened a brick and mortar store. The demand was huge and the store was expanded within the first year!