After manufacturing solid wood mission-style furniture for a local company for 12 years that sells its wood products wholesale and ships all over the United States, John Stoltzfus, Jr. decided to open a retail store at the Buck so he could sell the same high quality items to local residents.
"People came in all the time wanting furniture but we couldn't sell to them," said Stoltzfus, who worked at Country Value Woodworking in New Providence and was in a partnership there.
Stoltzfus, who is Amish, opened Dutch Selections beside Extreme RC Hobbies in Musser's Market shopping center at the Buck on Dec. 10. Since he's been open, he said he has had an unbelieveable first three weeks and some of the same customers have returned two or three times.
Stoltzfus, who acts as a distributor for the furniture he buys from Country Value Woodoworking to sell in his store, doesn't import any items and everything is made from solid wood.
"I'm trying to offer everything the big furniture stores do with one exception - our stuff is all made with solid wood. No veneers and no flakeboard," he said.
The store is jammed pack with bedroom, dining room, living room, office and children's furniture. There is also an entire line of rustic sassafrass/cherry log furniture such as beds and large hutches.
Although he is the sole owner, his wife Verna helps in the store. They live across from Muddy Run Park in Martic Township.
Stoltzfus, who has never lived on a farm, learned woodworking while working at Country Value Woodworkin as a teen. His father, John Stoltzfus, Sr., has owned the antique furniture shop in Georgetown for more than 20 years.
Dutch Selections also sells painted and distressed pine, which consists of a six-step process to make the wood look old, as well as oak, cherry and hickory pieces
Stoltzfus does carry upholstered couches and sofas from North Carolina and bedding from United Sleep Furniture in Denver, Pa.
The store also carries handmade Amish quilts, framed paintings and other small items. There are also catalogs customers can look through to order from.
The furniture can be purchased right off the showroom floor or ordered, which can take one to eight weeks. Orders for custom-made furniture are also welcome and there is free local delivery.
Some of the popular items for children have been a high chair that also turns into a rocking horse and a desk, and a wooden motorcycle that rocks.
Stoltzfus, who expects to double the size of his store so he can carry more items, plans to sell gazebos, sheds and picnic tables in the spring.
"I' m loving what I'm doing," he said. "I've always liked furniture."
Dutch Selections is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The store is closed on Sunday.