Does your furniture have a personality? When you lean close to its surface, can you see the skill and expertise that has gone into its construction? Or do you see a mass-produced, machine-pressed composite of inferior woods? The Mennonites, who were among Ontario’s earliest settlers, believed in making furniture that would be used – and enjoyed – for generations. Ryan Smith, owner of Generations Canadian Mennonite Furniture, continues the tradition of excellence, offering the Kingston area outstanding quality and value.
No one who compares Mennonite furniture with the inexpensive pieces you find at big box stores can help but be impressed by its quality, solidity, and durability. Ryan Smith is no exception; the design, the style, the craftsmanship, and the flexibility captured his interest and planted the seed for Generations Canadian Mennonite Furniture.
Ryan knew that, beyond our homes and vehicles, furniture is the biggest purchase most of us make. When you are willing to shop around for the best quality, you may spend a little more at first, but this furniture, he says, is “worth its weight in gold.” The craftsmanship, versatility, durability, and custom finishing make it an investment that you will enjoy for generations.
In September 2009, Ryan opened his first store in Brockville, Ontario but soon found that most of his customers were coming in from the Kingston area. It made more sense for him to come to them; he found a facility in Kingston that not only offered more space but location, location, location. The new store was close to new home construction and new subdivisions. In the next five to ten years, the population will grow by some 11,000 to 12,000 new homes – and what better purchase for a new home than high quality furniture?
Ryan makes it a point to be involved in every aspect of his business, from sales to building to delivery. He meets with builders, helps create new designs, troubleshoots styles, and is very active in the building process. Why? The more you know, the more you can inform your customer. Ryan’s passion for Mennonite furniture drives him to create and sell only the best for his customers.