Both Charlie & I were born and raised in the Appalachian Mountains of Pennsylvania, at one time, the western frontier, an area rich in history: Fort Necessity, the national road, the French & Indian War and the Revolutionary War. Perhaps that explains, at least in part, our interest in the furnishings of that period. And, as is the case for most of us, the previous generations of our families were hard-working farmers, which have instilled in us great respect for much used, hand-me-down, primitive wood pieces that were still present in our families' homes as we were growing up.
When we began the Olde Brick House, I wasn't sure how I would fit in. I had worked most frequently in the offices of small service companies. I was comfortable working with the computer and the bookkeeping, but I wasn't sure about the sales floor. With Charlie's encouragement and assistance, "room settings" have been created and decorated as I would decorate a room in my home. Having few walls and electrical outlets has been a challenge, but I enjoy putting the settings together.
Another surprise has been how much I enjoy the customers. We have the most wonderful customers who drop by for a visit and to chat. We exchange recipes, recount recent happenings in our lives, look forward to festivals and other town activities. From these relationships our newsletter, At the Back Fence, was born. If you'd like to receive our e-mail newsletter, please send a note to OBH@OldeBrickHouse.com.
I have found the development of the Olde Brick House to be interesting. Based on your requests, purchases and conservations, our product line has transform and expanded to where we are today. This changing challenges and encourages us. Please know we are interested to know how you are using our items, be they furniture or décor items. I appreciate the pictures that are sent and tales that are told of gifts given. It is so good to know that we are such a part of your life.
We are both great talkers in our own way. For the story of how the name Olde Brick House came about, click here. Or click on Becky or Charlie to see the different paths that we walked before the Olde Brick House.