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Big changes are in the works for Green Acres Furniture as rooms are being "re-made" and new furniture pieces are being brought in. Room-by-room reconstruction is taking place to bring the store up-to-date on the most modern décor pieces. Even the paint colors on the walls are being carefully selected to ensure eye-appealing showroom set-ups.
Green Acres Furniture has been a family owned and operated business since 1988, when Paul and Naomi Swartzentruber decided they wanted to develop a small furniture store. Their children - Steve, Leon, David and Ruth - quickly became involved once the store began to take off.
From 1990-2000, Green Acres expanded its workshop four different times to accommodate the growing business. In 2006, the store expanded once again tripling their showroom space.
Recently, Leon Swartzentruber has taken over management of the business as his brother, Steve, decided to start his own business venture. Leon has taken on a huge project of reconstructing Green Acres showrooms to maximize his customers viewing potential.
The main entrance to the store will hold the "England Gallery" and feature the latest in upholstered patterns from a company Green Acres has been working with for over 20 years. "It's something that we have talked about and decided now is the time to do it," said Leon.
The oldest part of the store has been converted into the dining section, with tables and chairs set-up to mock a true dining room set-up. Bright, modern colors have been added to the walls and modern track lighting has been put in place to make it convenient for customers to picture the pieces in their own homes.
The best part about the showroom set-ups is that, if you like what you see, you can easily duplicate the setting in your own home. Purchase a dining room set and accessories to go with it. Green Acres Furniture also has all their paint colors on file so that you can re-create the look in your own home.
Towards the back of the dining section will be a "Man Cave" showroom, which Leon seemed most excited about. "We wanted to do something different and all the men around here have been putting in their feedback as to what they would like to see," said Leon.
The Man Cave will have an Ohio State Buckeyes, sports theme feel to it. Large decals will be up on the walls and large theater style seating will fill the room. The room will also feature an island-style bar, and tables and chairs for playing cards. It's the perfect way to get inspired to create your own space to watch the big game.
Along with a slew of remodeling projects, Green Acres is also implementing new furniture making techniques. One such technique, is a distressing technique that creates deep grooves in the grain of the wood and provides both texture and pattern. This brushed wood grain, is developed in paneled sections that can easily be hung on the wall and used as an accent piece.
It gives a room a rustic touch as you can hang it behind your plasma TV or accent a wall in the dining room. The rustic, weathered look is a trendy interior design style. Leon feels this brushed grain trend will lead into a multitude of furniture styles and Green Acres has already begun implementing this trend into some of their future products.
Green Acres furniture is also rethinking the TV stand. "Plasma TV stands are going to the wayside," said Leon. As technology makes it convenient for more movies and music to be found on the internet and stored digitally, there is less and less need for all that extra storage space. Mounting your TV to the wall with an accent piece, like the brushed panel, is one of the ways Green Acres is trying to creatively resolve this design concept.
"Our returning customers are excited for the changes," said Leon. "It's a good feeling to have - that we are generating some buzz among our customers."
Leon hopes to have everything in place by mid-April, just in time for their annual spring sale where he will highlight his "re-made showroom."
Green Acres Furniture will be celebrating their annual "Spring Sale and Cheesecake Festival" May 1-3. Special sale and festival hours will be Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Stop in for storewide discounts and receive free coffee and a slice of homemade, frozen cheesecake complete with fresh fruit toppings served throughout the day. Free workshop tours will be given on Saturday, May 3, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
"If the first two months [of the year] are any indication of what the year will bring, then it will be a good year for Green Acres Furniture," said Leon.
Green Acres Furniture is located 7412 Massillon Road (SR 241), approximately 2 miles north of Mt. Eaton in southeastern Wayne County. Regular store hours are Monday - Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and closed on Sundays. For more information call 330-359-6251, toll free at 800-807-0975 or visit www.greenacresfurniture.com.