January 8th, 2014 by Kelsey Eaton
Just yesterday we received a wonderful review from one of our customers. She had visited Stonehurst to get a true feel for the quality of our pieces, and needless to say, had a great Vermont Furniture shopping experience with us in person and online! Here is what she had to say:
Our bedroom furniture has arrived and we love it! It is beautiful. Everything about this experience was perfect – the showroom tour, where everyone was so friendly and helpful, and where there was a lot to look at, the furniture itself, the update halfway through, and the delivery.
Thank you – we made do for a long time with used furniture I never really liked that much. This was worth the wait and the money. I’m already looking forward to another trip (when it’s a bit warmer out!) to see you, and a few more Vermont Woods additions to our household.
–B.R from Rhode Island
We’re so glad that B.R (name withheld for privacy) had a good experience with us, and proves to us that making a visit to Stonehurst before you place an order can enhance your shopping experience and allow you to see just how beautiful our wood furniture is. If you too have been using old, used furniture in your home; consider making the upgrade to custom handcrafted wood furniture instead. Backed by a lifetime guarantee, it’s more than worth it.
Do you have a great Vermont Woods Studios review to share? Post your experience in the comments section, leave us a note on Facebook, or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!
December 30th, 2013 by Peggy Farabaugh
Much has happened to our little Vermont furniture store in 2013. Most notably, we’re no longer housed at George’s Mill, adjacent to the Vernon post office. 2013 brought continued growth that gave us enough confidence to expand into a permanent location.
Stonehurst is our new home– a 200 year old farmhouse sited on Pine Top, a former ski area in Southeastern Vermont. Citing our furniture showroom on a scenic 100 acre forested lot helps us raise awareness about our mission of forest conservation and show customers where their furniture comes from. It was this concept that the state of Vermont supported through a $100,000 competitively awarded 2013 Working Lands grant that helped us complete Stonehurst renovations 2 years ahead of schedule.
Other progress in 2013 included adding a fine art gallery to our offerings. In addition to expanding our Vermont made furniture selection, we’re proud to offer original artwork by many important Vermont artists including Susan Osgood, Linda Marcille, Georgie Runkle, Donna Scully and Janet Picard.
Another 2013 showroom (and website) addition was Vermont made home decor. We now carry handcrafted ceramics by Brattleboro artist Laura Zindel and Vernon potter Bronna Zlochiver, kitchen accessories by JK Adams of Dorset, textiles by Donna Tosi of Vernon and Cricket Radio of Shelburne and hand-turned pens by Micah Ranquist of West Brattleboro. New artisans are joining us frequently to increase the variety of Vermont made home decor accessories we can make available at Stonehurst.
2013 also brought many important upgrades to our website, thanks to Neville and Martin up in our genius room. As a new employee in 2013 Martin, was joined by Michelle (in Sales and Customer Service) and Kelsey and Nina (in Marketing). We feel very lucky to have them join the Vermont Woods Studios family!
After 8 years of building this sustainable furniture business– in 2013 we are finally in a space that’s truly worthy of the beautiful handcrafted furniture Vermont is so famous for. With customers journeying here from all across the country, we can finally say “Come to Stonehurst. It’s worth the trip”.
We are immensely grateful to our creative and hard-working staff for making this 2013 progress possible. Although we’ve come a long way, we know that in many ways our efforts have just begun. In 2013 we built it. In 2014 we have to make sure they come. Please help us spread the word! Join us on Facebook or in the comments section below. We’d love to hear your thoughts on Vermont’s sustainable furniture and/or the Stonehurst experience.
October 21st, 2011 by Peggy Farabaugh
The other day Ken got the word from his orthopedic surgeon that he's not released to go back to work yet until he gets another week of physical therapy for his new hip. Anyone else would be thrilled but Ken is starting to go a little stir crazy.
We try to alleviate that some now and then by giving him a few light chores to do around Vermont Woods Studios Furniture. Today his big event was putting up a new sign outside the showroom.
Now he's off to rest from all the exertion. Pretty funny… knowing Ken, huh?
Manjula and Douglas are such hams in front of the camera, aren't they? Everytime I get it out to take pictures of our furniture, they jump right into the photo. They insisted I take a picture of them today. Hahaha! Not really (quite the opposite), but they forced me into the photo above so I thought it was only fair to reciprocate. They were good sports about it, as always.
July 13th, 2011 by Peggy Farabaugh
I guess I should say expansion plans, hopes and dreams. Well at any rate, we are once again very excited to be out-growing our space at Vermont Woods Studios Furniture and we're looking at options for the future. We love our landlord here in Vernon and we've already rented a second suite from him. But we're also starting to think that purchasing a property might be smart.
Here's Ken, waiting for me to climb onto his bike as we cruise around Vermont looking at potential places. We asked our favorite real estate agent, Suzanne King of Masiello Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate for help and she's been kind enough to show us dozens and dozens of properties, including these:
I feel horrible asking Suzanne to trek around all over tarnation with us, but as we grow our needs keep changing, so the properties we looked at 3-6 months ago are no longer adequate. We keep needing more room! Lately we've been looking at an old, historic property in Marlboro, Vermont where the Skyline Restaurant used to be. The building is dilapidated but it's on a property with a stunning view and it's right in the middle of Vermont's Green Mountain Forest. It's an interesting possibility as we work to raise awareness about forest conservation and our green mission.
Have any other ideas we should check out for our next move? Let me know and I'll keep you posted on our progress as we move forward.