All in the fam­ily

fun with fur­ni­ture

Ottawa Business Journal - Ottawa at Home - - CAPITAL SHOPS - re­searched by mary tag­gart pho­tog­ra­phy by mark holleron

who: Gen­dron An­tiques & Re­pro­duc­tions. where: 1145 Carp Rd, Stittsville. what: An eclec­tic mix of an­tiques, reproduction and one-of-a-kind fur­ni­ture. They all come to­gether in a barn-in­spired space that spans over 10,000 square feet. Ever won­der what can be done with an old door that is too charm­ing to put at the curb, or a dresser that is too beat up to use but too pre­cious to toss? The tal­ented Gen­drons bring old pieces to life and add charm to their newly-built fur­ni­ture. With a phi­los­o­phy that stems from hav­ing fun with fur­nish­ings, this unique store is a des­ti­na­tion for shop­pers with a taste for whim­si­cal, high-qual­ity goods that look like they have a story to tell. be­hind the scenes: Line and Mark Gen­dron could only fight the in­ner fur­ni­ture re­tailer in each of them for so long. While they were both raised in fam­i­lies who made a liv­ing in the busi­ness, the cou­ple took their ca­reers in dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions, but they couldn’t deny their roots for­ever. Fi­nally, what was a hobby for Mark turned into a boom­ing busi­ness: buy­ing and sell­ing an­tiques; mak­ing cus­tom pieces; and of­fer­ing refin­ish­ing and de­sign ser­vices. Son Nick ac­cepted his true call­ing right away, and works with his par­ents in the busi­ness as a fine crafts­man de­sign­ing and build­ing fur­ni­ture with tal­ent and pre­ci­sion.

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