From Garage to Mall Shows
As JR honed his woodworking skills, his wife, Belinda Matthews, joined in to help decorate the beautiful pieces he created. Together, they attended mall shows, showcasing their craftsmanship to the public. It was during one of these shows that they had a fateful encounter with Amish builders who were looking for someone to sell their furniture.
A Store is Born
In 1990, JR and Belinda took a leap of faith and opened their very own store in the Uniontown, PA mall. This was the beginning of their journey as entrepreneurs in the world of furniture. The store quickly gained popularity, attracting customers who appreciated the quality and craftsmanship of the Amish builders' work.
A Move to Morgantown
In 2000, JR and Belinda made the decision to move their store to the Pierpont Center in Morgantown. This move allowed them to expand their business and reach a wider audience. Along the way, they continued to pick up more Amish builders who were eager to have their work showcased in the store.
A New Generation Takes Over
In 2016, JR's son, Rob Matthews, took over the business as the owner. Rob had grown up surrounded by the artistry of woodworking and had developed a deep appreciation for the craft. He, along with his sons Brady and Colton, as well as Belinda, continued to work tirelessly to uphold the legacy that JR had started.
Continued Growth and Expansion
Today, the store boasts an impressive collection of furniture from over 250 Amish builders. From tables and chairs to bathroom vanities, they stock every room in the house. Their dedication to quality and craftsmanship has earned them a loyal customer base that continues to grow.
The journey of JR Matthews and his family is a testament to the power of passion and hard work. What started as a small woodworking operation in a garage has blossomed into a thriving business that spans generations. Their commitment to showcasing the talent of Amish builders and providing customers with exceptional furniture has made them a staple in the community.
So, the next time you're in Morgantown, be sure to visit the Matthews' store and witness the beauty of Amish craftsmanship firsthand. You'll be supporting a family business that has stood the test of time and continues to bring the warmth and elegance of woodwork into homes across the country.