Amish Country Furnishings celebrating 20 years
Amish Country Furnishings has come a long way from its humble beginnings in the basement of owner Rod Geitgey's home.
The business, located at 7600 Fishel Drive in Dublin, is celebrating 20 years of delivering Amish-made furniture to the community.
Although he is not Amish, Geitgey said he grew up in an Amish community, giving him contacts for furniture makers when he decided to start a business shortly after finishing college.
"When I was looking for furniture for my first apartment I thought, 'We could do better,' " he said.
Geitgey opened his first shop in the basement of his apartment in 1989.
"You could come to the basement of my apartment Saturday afternoon and shop for furniture," he said.
About a year later the business moved to a storefront on Avery Road.
Geitgey worked with computers, but a company buyout forced him into the furniture business.
"It was the best thing that could have happened because it forced me to jump into it with both feet," he said.
Since then, Geitgey and his wife, Lisa, have made a go of selling Amish furniture, most of which comes from Ohio.
"I'd say 95 percent comes from Ohio," he said. "We have two builders in Indiana and one in Pennsylvania."
Customers can pick the style, wood and stain of the furniture, and Geitgey takes the details to the builders. The business that claims it can furnish "pretty much any room in the house" also has furniture in the store, ready to buy.
Geitgey said the number of options and quality give Amish Country Furnishings a leg up.
"People are wising up," he said. "You pay a lot of money for a marginal product with big-box stores."
"People know if they buy it here, it will last," Lisa Geitgey said.
With 20 years in the business, Rod Geitgey said he often sees families coming back over the years to furnish different rooms.
"We have a lot of loyal clientele," he said. "Now we're selling to their kids."
The Geitgeys, who live in Plain City, said they often see customers out and about in Dublin. Rod Geitgey said good customer service and follow-ups keep customers returning.
"When we're at Kroger and we see customers, we want to wave, not duck," he said.
In addition to furniture, the business recently started offering custom cabinets.
Amish Country Furnishings is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
The business also will offer a 20th anniversary sale Friday and Saturday.