The team met to discuss next year’s financial plan last week. We talked through our rollout plans for several new exciting styles arriving this fall and our plan to expand our offering of the Espresso finish as an option we think you will like. We also highlighted and discussed those styles we receive orders for more frequently.
We thought it would be interesting to show you our top product list, highlighting the top three best-selling items at Manchester Wood over the past year.
#3 Top Selling Item
Mission 48” Media Stand
Our overall lineup of mission furniture is always popular with our customers. This style is popularly associated with the American Arts and Crafts movement. The roots of this movement emphasized distinct and stylish craftsmanship and simplicity of form. We use sustainable local natural materials and our customers routinely call or write to comment on the quality of our Mission 48 inch. Media Stand.
#2 Top Selling Item
Adirondack Chair Couple Set
Our history selling Adirondack & Outdoor furniture dates back some time. Our blog post from two weeks ago gave you more detail about that story. We are proud of our history providing our customers this timeless style of outdoor furniture and in many ways our success as an American Made furniture company brand was built around producing a variety of unique options for the marketplace.
# 1 Top Selling Item
Cherry Contemporary Tray Table Set of 4
Our most popular items by far are the tray table sets. If you haven’t purchased one of these well designed trays from our extensive lineup you may want to consider it. These consistently receive great product reviews and provide our customers with a wide range of functionality in their homes or at their place of business. Early the company’s founder Cliff Pierce would demonstrate the strength of these tables by standing on top of them during sales presentations.
The Adirondack region is a vast unique wilderness that people visit to experience the centuries-old tradition of outdoor exploration and adventure. Whether you come to hike and breathe the clean mountain air, explore the lakes region or take in the many small villages each with their own unique flare you may notice a common distinctly identifiable item… Distinct Adirondack Furniture.
The story of how this iconic centuries old design came about is true Americana.
The first Adirondack chair was designed by Thomas Lee in 1903 at the large summer retreat he and his family frequented each summer, a large camp located in Westport, New York, on the banks of Lake Champlain. Lee was a tinkerer. He sought to create outdoor furniture for him and his family for their retreat that was rugged yet comfortable.
All summer long he worked on the design, adjusting the angles, using his family members as his test until he was satisfied. Lee arrived at a design known as the “Westport plank chair”. It doesn’t appear that he had any intention to manufacture the design. At this point they were nothing more than homemade family chairs.
Enter Harry Bunnell a carpenter friend and hunting companion to Lee. As the legend goes, while hunting together in the Autumn of 1903 Bunnell mention that he was in need of winter income. Lee’s (condensed) reply – “Why don’t you make and sell some of those big chairs?” So Lee offered up his design to Bunnell probably thinking he had helped solve his friends’ winter income dilemma. Bunnell began building his version of Lee’s chairs out of hemlock or basswood and staining them in green or medium dark brown. The residents and visitors of Westport fell in love with the design so much that Bunnell was challenged to keep pace with the demand. In early 1904 (minus Lee’s permission) Bunnell filed for a patent (No. 794,777) on “his” chair design naming it the Westport Plank Chair.
Cliff Pierce poses at his wrought iron factory in the 80’s in Upstate New York.
Flash forward sixty years to another tinkerer, a fast-rising businessman Cliff Pierce from Walden, New York.
Pierce had made his way into the Lake George area, through a unique opportunity to purchase a portion of an unkempt lakefront neighborhood for a bargain price. Continue Reading…
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