Category Archives: Shopping Considerations

“My Tiffany lamp is pretty alright, but it’s glass blocks a lot of the light and the bulb keeps needing replacement!”

Expectations.  Not always, but often, I find it a bit disheartening to be the first showroom that people visit when they are shopping for a new kitchen.

The messenger is not killed but is often discounted, not to be revisited.  I’m not the first person to say this, but for the most part, you get what you pay for.  The obviousness of this is boring.  If you want a green, 4 door sedan with good gas mileage (automotive metaphor), what does this cost? Almost ANYTHING!  If you want me to price you a Mercedes hybrid, I will.  But there are many options that you will be happy with long term!  Just saying.

And, one of the thrills of my job is to get the most bang for the buck!  I was born in Atlanta but must have had some ‘Yankee Thrift’ chromosomes in there somewhere.  Just watched a PBS show on ‘Finding Your Roots’, so I know it to be possible…

“Reviews are helpful, but make sure it wasn’t posted by a nut”

A ‘shopper’ walked into the studio the other day.  She announced to me that she had done her web research, knew of my product lines, and that one of them had some ‘negative buzz’ on the internet.  Yikes!  Slightly embarrassed and taken aback, I asked her to tell me what she had heard and where she heard it.  She gave me the websites and I began to research.  What I discovered is that the complaints were all about the dealers, and were not cabinet issues.  Relieved, we talked again about this particular line I use often in my designs.  In fact, I’ve used it in hundreds of kitchens for over 15 years.  Don’t blame Toyota if the mechanic didn’t repair your brakes properly the first time.

The rest of the story:  I’m currently installing her beautiful kitchen in her beautiful home using that wonderful cabinet shop.

For some laughs, google this:: ‘Yelp Reviews read by Actors’     Hilarious.