And with their mantra “SHOP LOCAL”, so much to offer!
The Great Canadian Solid Wood Furniture Company has a long history of producing quality, Canadian made furniture. Specializing in made-to-order furniture and built-ins made from 100% Canadian wood, they are a client-focused and service-oriented business that strives to provide top quality, custom made products at reasonable prices. With a prime store front location and manufacturing facility all under one roof, they are unique, forward thinking and responsive to their client’s needs.
When Mike Taylor took over the family business in 2000, he moved forward with a vision of expanding the business to provide a comprehensive one-stop shopping experience to his customers. The goal was to continue to offer high quality, made-to-order pieces, and compliment this core business with other products to fit any budget and taste. Ideally, they wanted customers to have the ability to complete their entire home from top to bottom, offering an extensive line of furniture and accessories in one location. With their move into a larger, store front location on Broadway, as well as the addition of several other product lines and categories, they are getting very close to achieving this goal.
Never losing focus on their roots in wood furniture manufacturing, they sought out products that would help them to cater to any budget and price point, without sacrificing the quality they are well-known for. In keeping with this mantra, GCSW Company has most recently become an authorized dealer for Ashley Furniture. Ashley Furniture is the #1 Furniture Retailer in North America, and the world’s largest furniture manufacturing company. For more than 70 years, they have been designing and crafting timeless styles that are comfortable and livable, at affordable prices. GCSW is pleased to be able to offer their customers access to the entire Ashley line of furniture products. This will include soft goods such as sofas and sectionals, beds and mattresses. The Ashley product line caters to a wide variety of tastes, from industrial eclectic to rustic farmhouse, offering on-trend styles made for mixing and standing out. “When Ashley approached us about becoming an authorized dealer, it seemed like a natural fit”, says co-owner Misty Gillis regarding their newest venture. “We needed a home décor line and we wanted to work with a reputable company. Much like ourselves, Ashley is a family owned and operated company with a long history of excellent customer service”.
One of the most exciting additions to the GCSW Company’s product lineup is the new Sierra Sleep “Chime” Mattress line – one of Ashley Furniture’s most popular selling items, and totally on trend with the “bed in a box” movement. The Sierra Sleep® Chime is an innerspring mattress, with endless possibilities for restful sleep. It offers the support of a truly traditional coil mattress which contours to your body for a comforting feel. High density foam provides the firmness you love. Gel memory foam provides restorative support for your lower back. Hypoallergenic material is ideal for sufferers of allergies for ultimate undisturbed sleep–not to mention peace of mind. Plus, this mattress arrives in a box for quick and easy setup. Simply bring it to your room, remove the plastic wrap, and unroll. You’ll be amazed at how it fully expands within minutes!
In addition to partnering with Ashley, Mike and Misty have been working hard and continue to expand their “shop local” mantra by adding product lines to their location that support and promote local artists and business owners. With small retail stores on Broadway being forced to close as a result of increasing rent and costs, the GCSW Company is developing a partner location program to feature some of the unique products our community entrepreneurs have to offer. They have most recently set up an in-store satellite location for Route 145 Oil and Vinegar tasting bar. Still in the early stages, the tasting bar is open on Saturdays during regular hours and offers the same great products previously available at the original Broadway location.
“We would like to continue to partner with local, talented artisans and business owners to provide our customers with a shopping experience unlike any other in town. As a local business, we will continue to support the SHOP LOCAL movement by offering the products made and manufactured in our own community” says co-owner Mike Taylor. “This not only drives business into our store, it gives us the ability to cross-promote and support our own community”
Some of the other products featured at the store include:
- J/R Wood Creations – Live Edge Wood Creations by Rachel
- Fazackerley & John Martin. Located in Melancthon, Wood products such as charcuterie boards, blanket ladders etc.
- Ann Randeraad Pottery – Stunning Porcelain and Stoneware for everyday use. Pieces include bowls, sushi trays, mugs, drinking vessels, vases, pitchers, platters and chip and dip plates and more. Studio located in Amaranth ON. www.annranderaadpottery.com
- Robinson Metal Art Products – Unique artist-inspired or custom-made metal art pieces. Studio located in Laurel. Available on Facebook at Robinson Metal Arts.
- Debra Reed Art – Well-known local artist, acrylic signature pieces and commissioned art. Visit Debra’s profile at Debra Reed
- Dufferin County Goods Company – Offering local themed t-shirts and apparel. www.dufferincountygoods.ca
- The Kind Moose Candle Company – Local manufacturer of100% natural soy candles with stock or custom sayings. www.kindmoose.ca Their selection of products is still growing, and Mike and Misty are always on the lookout for new and exciting products to complement their showroom.
Customers can stop by seven days a week to see these products featured alongside their beautiful selection of Canadian made wood products from dining tables to dressers, beds to bookcases. If they don’t have it in store – they have the unique ability to design and build to your individual taste and specifications. Owning a piece of Canadian made solid wood Furniture is like owning a piece of history that will carry with you into your future. With an innovative business model and a reputation for treating their customers like family, the future of this local company is certainly looking bright.
The Great Canadian Solid Wood Furniture Company is a local, family run business with three employees. Owner Mike Taylor is a professional woodworker, dedicated to the creation of beautiful, handcrafted pieces of furniture. Co-owner Misty Gillis is a local resident with a diverse background and entrepreneurial spirit. They are located at 62 Broadway in charming downtown Orangeville. Open 7 days a week – ample FREE parking!
Written By: Tanya Bottomley | Photography: Cory Bruyea