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Jake's Handcrafted Oak

By Catie Noyes • Editor Published: March 2, 2015 1:00 AM
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Specializing in unique, customized furniture, Jake's Handcrafted Oak strives to provide your home with pieces that you will love. If you can't find exactly what you are looking for, Jake's Handcrafted will work with you to design the piece of your dreams and create a memorable experience. Jake's Handcrafted also strives to promote the local craftsmen in the community by showcasing their furniture within the store.

Jake's Handcrafted got its start in 1996. "I had worked at a feed mill previously," said Jake Chupp, owner, "and I decided I wanted to do something closer to home." A friend of Chupp's was in the furniture business and suggested he get into it as well. Now 18 years later, Chupp has created a store well known amongst the locals.

Jake's Handcrafted is located just eight short miles north of Millersburg. Customers can soak up the beautiful countryside along the winding back roads of Holmesville as they make their way to the small furniture store. As you enter the store, you find yourself stepping into a true authentic, Amish atmosphere, as the smell of kerosene lamps fill the small shop. Chupp commented that some shoppers find it to be a unique shopping experience.

Don't let the name of the small shop deceive you. Jake's Handcrafted carries eight different hardwoods from hickory and maple to cherry and their signature oak, with over 30 different finishes and stains. High tech finishes and varnishes are used on all furniture pieces making them resistant to everyday household spills and making for an easy clean up.

Jake's provides furniture for every room in your household. Dining and living room pieces and bedroom sets of all styles are available. Storage and functional pieces are also popular among families looking to organize their homes. Bed frames with built in drawers are available along with a cubby and locker storage centers for the mudroom or entryway.

Chupp finds it hard to keep up with the popular trends in the furniture business as he enjoys a more traditional style. Everyone seems to be drifting toward the more modern and contemporary styles explained Chupp.

Chupp found dark colored furniture to be a popular trend in 2014 and feels that this trend will continue into 2015. Dark colored woods and stains as well as a rustic flair are favored among current furniture shoppers.

At Jake's Handcrafted, Chupp is always looking to improve his furniture line. Along with keeping up with the modernization of his furniture line, Chupp's biggest selling point is his ability to customize furniture pieces to match his customers needs. "We make custom pieces to work for each individual person," said Chupp. Alongside his wife, Chupp will design furniture pieces that are unique to their store.

Chupp is always looking for unique pieces that will add to his everyday modern and contemporary pieces. Recently, Chupp acquired a set of whiskey barrel tables complete with wood bar stools. They are great for someone to complete their basement hangout or lounge area.

"Being small like this you can be more of a one-on-one business," said Chupp. Making friends with his customer base has helped him to improve the quality of the furniture he carries. He enjoys meeting new people and maintaining relationships with returning customers and creating custom pieces that will mean more to his cliental.

Chupp keeps a positive relationship with his community. "We get as much furniture as we can from the builders at the local church." Chupp strives to patronize the local artisans within his own community and maintain respect among his neighbors.

"We had a good year in 2014," said Chupp. "The economy seems to be making a turn for the better and picking up." He looks forward to another successful year of selling furniture and tackling the challenges of finding new and exciting pieces to feature in his store.

"We are always keeping our eyes out for trends and new items," added Chupp.

Jake's Handcrafted Oak will hold a Spring Sale on March 19-21 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday. Customers can expect an eight percent discount storewide.

Jake's Handcrafted Oak is located on 8239 Township Road 562 in Holmesville. For more information call 888-388-5650 and find out how Chupp can help you create a unique piece for your home.

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GWT Apr 2, 2015 10:22 PM

We love to visit Jake's and try to stop there on our trips to the area.  We are from Virginia and have brought friends and relatives to visit Jake's.  One of our favorite pieces purchased at Jake's is a glass top table with lights that when you look down into the glass top it appears the lights go down into infinity.  It is a real conversation piece.  When our grandson (who was about 3 years old at the time) first saw it, he kept looking underneath it trying to figure out how the lights seemed to go down forever when the table top is only a few inches deep.  It was fun watching him try to figure it out.