It’s never too late to grow.
For years, that sentiment swirled in the head of Jim DiFranco, co-owner of Creative Wood Specialists.
Starting his independent custom design company over 25 years ago, the Painesville Township resident knew expansion was on the horizon, he just hadn’t pinpointed a precise time or location.
However, as of this month, DiFranco and his wife, Shellie, have seen their vision of evolution come to fruition with their new kitchen cabinet showroom located at 1536 Madison Ave.
“We started off installing trim and cabinets for new homes and then we moved into remodeling, which is where I started to really enjoy working on kitchens,” DiFranco said. “Before this, whenever we would install kitchens, we always bought from a big-box store and I thought if we could have our own line of cabinets then we could eliminate the bottleneck, which would ensure we have the right product.
“When we decided to open a (kitchen) showroom in our existing building, it took almost a year,” he added. “I had to reorganize my whole existing sheet metal shop to make room. The novel coronavirus pandemic did slow us down a little with getting supplies and people to work, but it also made us really amp up our cleaning around the shop, which turned out to be a good thing. We were fortunate not to be slowed too much in our plans moving forward.”
Creative Wood Specialists sells to homeowners, remodelers and builders. The company employs three people.
DiFranco noted he is looking to add a couple more people now that the business is officially open.
“I have been remodeling and building my whole life, and I attend several kitchen seminars throughout the year to keep up on the latest trends,” he said. “We are very excited to finally get the doors open. I would like to thank all our existing customers, many of which have been with us from the beginning.
“It’s been a lot of long nights and weekends working to make sure that everything is right and functional. We are hoping the community will see we offer a quality-built product with competitive pricing and friendly service.”