Just after 41 decades in business, Wooden Whims in Montoursville is closing up shop.
According to Chris Sauers, owner of the furnishings store, she will be retiring.
“I am 76 many years old. I think it is about time,” Chris claimed.
Situated at 4520 Lycoming Shopping mall Travel, Wooden Whims sells unfinished wooden home furniture, which include kitchen cupboards, eating tables, bar stools, dwelling room home furnishings, amusement facilities, kitchen cupboards, bookcases and far more.
“It’s all sound wooden, and people say that is unusual these days,” Chris reported.
She is specially happy of the truth that all Wood Whims’ products is no cost of particle board.
At the moment, Chris is not really sure when she will near the doors for very good. That will rely on when the bulk of the household furniture is sold, but she estimates it will be near the conclusion of this month. The wood home furniture that continues to be is now on sale, with savings up to 50% off.
“It’s practically vacant now,” Chris explained.
As Chris surveys the 4,000 sq. foot showroom, she can take stock of what she however has.
Two corridor trees specially stand out. They have hooks for hanging coats and a bench with storage inside. Then there is a daintily sized desk with a chair. All those, and all the pieces, are free of any stain, but Chris details out that she is content to utilize stain for clients.
“It’s fun to begin out with a piece and make it lovely,” she explained.
Chris can usually be identified in the store’s decreased degree, the place she applies stain and frequently invitations consumers downstairs to seem at distinctive stain choices on various sorts of wood.
“Lately, more men and women are apt to fork out me to do it,” she stated.
That was the case a long time in the past, when a person consumer questioned her to match the stain of a previously bought stained piece from Wood Whims to a freshly acquired piece from the retail outlet. When Chris managed to make a ideal match, she was pleased to fulfill her customer’s requires.
For Chris, the perform has been fulfilling at Wood Whims but the persons who have appear via her doorways are why she has stayed open for so prolonged.
“I have met so quite a few individuals who have become good friends,” she said.
Chris and her late husband, Bill, began the organization with Bill’s mom and dad, Ethel and Ken Sauers, in 1982, at a area in the vicinity of the Triangle Tavern in Williamsport.
Then, in 1986, Bill’s dad and mom retired, leaving Monthly bill and Chris to run the company.
Not prolonged just after that, Chris bumped into a high faculty good friend at the supermarket and questioned her, “Would you like to babysit some household furniture?”
That friend was Connie Cressman, who gladly acknowledged the babysitting place and turned a aspect of the Wood Whims spouse and children.
“She is just a dear particular person all the way all-around,” Chris reported of Cressman, who retired 5 a long time back.
In 1996, the Sauers relocated the business to the present Montoursville retail store.
Immediately after Chris’ spouse of 46 a long time handed away in 2016, she grew to become the sole proprietor of Wood Whims.
She credits Bill with great organization smarts and remaining a tough employee. Though he labored at Primus whole-time, he also managed to man the shop evenings and weekends.
Chris is now producing programs to embrace her retirement just after Wood Whims is shuttered for great.
“I have grandkids and young children that stay right here and I have performed art operate in the past and I take pleasure in getting out in nature,” Chris said.
But in advance of she closes up store, she has a single factor she would like to share with the innumerable shoppers who have arrive as a result of her doors.
“Thank you, thank you and thank you,” Chris stated. “The prospects have been great. I genuinely enjoyed them and currently being around them.”