Early’s Car­pet and Floor­ing adds room to grow

Amissville in­sti­tu­tion is still a fam­ily af­fair

Rappahannock News - - NEWS • COURTHOUSE ROW - Owner Lor­raine Early and her daugh­ter (and com­pany man­ager) Sonja Betts. By Jeff Say Culpeper Times

En­ter­ing their 51st year of serv­ing the com­mu­nity, Early’s Car­pet and Floor­ing is still grow­ing.

The long­time Amissville floor­ing com­pany re­cently fin­ished a 1,184 square foot ad­di­tion to the busi­ness, adding four of­fices for much­needed ad­min­is­tra­tive space.

“It’s so we can have more room for the cus­tomers to sit down while we write up their con­tracts,” owner Lor­raine Early said. “It’s go­ing to be a lot more space.”

Early’s used to have a room up­stairs for sew­ing and up­hol­stery but that has be­come room for stor­age. This ad­di­tion will take the of­fice space out of the show­room and add back in a kitch­enette that was taken out in 2013 when they put in a hand­i­cap bath­room.

The new of­fices will in­clude the kitch­enette, a board train­ing room for em­ploy­ees and of­fices for Lor­raine, the in­stal­la­tion man­ager Solon Betts - her son-in-law and an of­fice for their wa­ter restoration man­ager Tori Bra­ley.

“Other than when we need to be in the ware­house cut­ting up some­thing, we will be train­ing on the com­put­ers in here,” Early said.

Early’s em­ploys be­tween 15-22 em­ploy­ees de­pend­ing on the sea­son, with the wa­ter restoration side of the com­pany quickly grow­ing.

“Five or six years ago we went into the wa­ter restoration part,” Early said. “When peo­ple have burst­ing pipes, flood­ing or back­ups we are on call 24-7 for that. That’s where my grand­son, Ted Rob­son, is head tech­ni­cian.”

It’s al­ways been a fam­ily af­fair at Early’s, as Lor­raine and her hus­band John opened the busi­ness in 1966, and that now in­cludes seven fam­ily mem­bers. Her daugh­ter Sonja Betts is the man­ager while Solon does the in­stal­la­tion, just like John and Lor­raine used to.

“I took care of the sales end and he took care of the in­stal­la­tion end, it’s kind of the way it still is,” Early said.

The new ad­di­tion show­cases prod­ucts Early’s sells, in­clud­ing a stun­ning wood, plas­tic com­pos­ite floor­ing. Floor­ing isn’t just for floors any­more, though, as some of the same prod­uct is used as an ac­cent wall in Sonja’s of­fice.

“We have al­ways used our show­room to show­case our prod­ucts,” Early said.

Early’s will be of­fer­ing sales through­out the month of October, in­clud­ing specials on Mo­hawk and Karas­tan.


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