Walking into The Pine Shop Quality Home Furnishings in Oneonta, visitors are greeted with the scent of fresh cut wood.
The store, located at 5382 State Highway 7, has a large selection of unfinished pine furniture as well as upholstered sofas and chairs, finished entertainment centers, book cases, beds and chests. There are a myriad of prints on the walls of the split-level shop. Lamps and accent pieces sit upon many tables.
“A room expresses a person’s personality,” said co-owner Tim Ash. “It is more than just the furniture; you have to have the accents.”
The Ash family — brothers Tim and Harold Ash and their mother, Pat Ash — have been in the furniture business since 1974. Prior to opening The Pine Shop, Pat Ash and her husband, Dave Ash, who is now deceased, sold prefabricated homes. When that business closed, they decided to open a furniture store.
“We saw a need that was not being met in Oneonta,” said Pat Ash.
The Ash family had been accessorizing the homes they sold, so the transition was not difficult. They decided to carry quality, real wood furniture, and researched companies that fit the criteria.
“We wanted to stay with real wood, no particle board,” said Pat Ash. “It will not swell or fall apart. Our furniture will last for generations.”
Because Tim and Harold Ash grew up helping their parents — first in the prefabricated home business and then in the furniture business — they have seen several generations of area residents come into their shop.
“We are working with second-, sometimes third-generation customers,” said Harold Ash.
The once-popular hope chest has experienced something of a renaissance in recent years. A hope chest was once used to accumulate items necessary for a young married woman to begin a household. A mother would begin collecting linens, silver, china, pots and pans over her daughter’s childhood and give the box as a wedding present.