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Local Business Spotlight ... The Shop

Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Shop owner Leon Graves stands with a custom pantry cabinet he's currently working on. The pantry features four pull-out drawers in the bottom and spaced shelving on top. Photo by Niki de Soto
The convenience of big box-store, factory made cabinets just can't compare to the beauty of handmade custom cabinetry, especially cabinetry created by Leon Graves locally at The Shop, just west of downtown Salem on Highway 62/412.

If you can think it up, Graves and his six employees can make it happen. From complete kitchen cabinetry remodels, including innovative lazy-susan corner pieces, cabinet doors with inlaid glass, and pantries with pull out drawers to the old-style shelving units that frame windows, The Shop is the place for quality.

"I can make about anything; countertops, cabinets, custom pieces. All of our cabinets are custom cabinets -- we come out and measure and build to fit. We use mostly oak, hickory, maple and some cherry," said Graves. "We'll draw up a plan of the room and what it would like look, and give them an estimate and we take care of getting rid of the old cabinets."

Graves began building cabinets back in 1964, when he was living in California. "My dad was a carpenter and I just kind of grew into it," said Graves. He came to Salem in 1978 to fulfill a higher calling -- to become the pastor of the First Missionary Baptist Church, located next to The Shop. He's been the pastor there now for 31 years, and divides his time between the church and The Shop.

One thing that speaks to the high quality of Graves' work is the amount of repeat business he gets. "There are a lot of folks that we've done work for, maybe 10-15 years ago, and now we're doing their children's cabinets. So, my cabinets are in two generations of family homes," said Graves. "We even have some customers where, each time they move, they call us and have us come in and re-do their cabinets for them."

So, if you're thinking of remodeling, or just want to update your pantry, stop by The Shop and they'll help make something to last you a lifetime.

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