By Cari Gervin
Community News Writer
The Furniture Clinic is a longtime staple of Ashland Terrace businesses.
Not much has changed since it opened in 1978, according to owner Bryan Vaughn. Mr. Vaughn’s father, Steve, started the business and sold it just a few years ago to Zack Coley.
Having grown up refinishing and repairing furniture, Mr. Vaughn missed that smell of polyutherane in the morning. He bought into Mr. Coley’s business, and two years later, Mr. Coley decided to retire as well.
Mr. Vaughn, 28, is now following in his father’s footsteps —; with the help of his younger brother Hunter, 24. He said he left his contracting job to return to furniture restoration.
“I can’t ever get away from doing this —; it’s just what I love to do,” Mr. Vaughn said.
The Furniture Clinic has six employees, most of whom have been there at least 10 years. Mr. Vaughn said the knowledge and expertise of his staff ensures that whether the restoration is of a precious antique or a beloved heirloom, the wood will look its best at the end of the process.
“There’s a standard that my dad set a long time ago that goes above and beyond,” Mr. Vaughn said. “We probably are the most expensive, but we do it right the first time.”
He said that the shop frequently gets customers bringing in furniture that has been improperly restored. Mr. Vaughn noted that in the shop’s existence, it has yet to receive a complaint from the Better Business Bureau.
The Furniture Clinic offers free estimates, pick-ups and delivery.
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The Furniture Clinic, 734 Ashland Terrace, can be reached at 870-6999.