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Peddling furniture with a touch of class

"The first thing you notice when you step into Classic Woods Furniture is the pleasant smell of wood products. The second thing you notice is the decidedly Northwest feel - moose and bear images are scattered throughout the store and it is easy to picture most of the pieces in a cabin or lodge. Classic Woods Furniture, located at 9165 Ridgetop Blvd., opened March 16 with a focus on the arts. In addition to selling high-quality crafted wooden furniture, co-owner Deborah Dreher welcomes regional artists to show their work in the shop. We will feature any artist who wants to have a showing for 60 to 90 days, Dreher said. We will coordinate with the artist to do a reception. Julie Veland's Backsplash pottery and Robert Broshears' sculptures, as well as Dreher's original work, are currently on display. The paintings of American Indian artist Penny Lockhart will be shown in coming weeks, with a reception slated for June 23.Dreher stocks the store with merchandise from a handful of companies, each of which specializes in different woods and styles. Montana Furniture Industries specializes in oak products for every room in the home and offers a 10-year warrantee for all its work. Ocean Pacific of Abbotsford, B.C., specializes in oak and pine with mission and French country styles. Their unique Chicken and Egg line uses wood harvested through a process known as pre-commercial thinning. Small stands of Douglas fir trees discarded by the timber industry are used, and the furniture is recognizable by its light hue and natural scars and burls. Double Bluff designs of Mukilteo features office products, end tables, coffee tables and custom-made book cases which can be ordered to size. It was no accident Dreher, who has three years of retail furniture experience, selected these brands.I was familiar with the owners of all the companies and I wanted to work with them, Dreher said. They give me the best prices they can so I can provide the best prices for my customers.Dreher said one of the most satisfying parts of her work is when someone purchases a piece of art or an accessory that she has selected for her store. Anytime I sell something I've picked out I enjoy it because I know know it's not just something I like, but something others like as well, Dreher said. The store caters to consumers who value quality and are looking for a product that will last. Our target market group is people for whom quality counts, Dreher said. We don't have much competition, because we specialize in companies known for high-grade work. Classic Woods Furniture offers a 90-day layaway plan and financing for folks who want to spread payments over a few months. The upper floor of the large store features bedroom furniture and one of the most unique pieces in the store - a moose bed. The glass mounted in the large wooden headboard has the silhouette of moose in the woods. Dreher said this piece, one of her favorites, helped inspire the store's lodge theme. Prices range roughly from $800 to $1,000 for a larger bed.In addition to products in stock, beds and other furniture can be special ordered from manufacturer's catalogues and will be delivered in five to eight weeks. Classic Woods Furniture employs one full-time and one part-time sales associate in addition to co-owners Dreher and her husband Jesse Lively. The store is open from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays. Dreher said she is working hard to inform potential customers that the store is open for business.Our biggest challenge is getting people in here - reaching people on the Olympic Peninsula to let them know it's a brand new store, Dreher said.For more information call 613-5700. "

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