By Carol Kinsley

Whether you are looking for an unusual decorative piece as a gift or a custom-made, solid-wood table or cabinet that could become an heirloom, you’ll find a wide range of furniture and accessories at Dutch Country Heirloom Furniture in Laurel, located behind Johnny Janosik’s at 11233 Trussum Pond Road.

You may already be familiar with Dutch Country Market, now celebrating its 33rd year, where deli meats and cheeses from Amish country are specialities. Sam and Glenda Petersheim moved to the Eastern Shore in the late ‘80s and started working at the Amish market on Rt. 13. Within six months, they’d become the owners. 

After a decade or so of offering high quality food, they moved into their own building and offered crafts, quilts, lawn furniture, play sets and gazebos from a small shop at the end of the parking lot. Nine years later, they decided they wanted a more comfortable setting for their customers to be able to browse, and they wanted to offer some of the handcrafted solid-wood furniture they’d seen built by some of the Amish and Mennonite craftsmen of Lancaster County, Pa. A post frame building was begun in late 2006 and by August 2007, Dutch Country Heirloom Furniture was opened. Glenda has always had an interest in furniture, especially antiques. “They’ve been around a while,” she said. “They’ll last.” She had done some refinishing and knows that if you look at the edges of pieces, you can tell if it’s real wood. With solid wood, all of the drawers are dovetailed. A craftsman has taken time to make it, piece by piece.

Most of their furniture is made of cherry, oak, or brown maple, with some pine. Clients who want to match existing furniture in a room are invited to bring a leaf from a table or chair so the wood and color can be matched in a custom-made piece. Come look around in the store or browse online at www.dutchcountryfurniture.com to see the various collections Dutch Country carries. 

Whether you opt for the straight, simple lines of the Shaker Collection or the classic elegance of the Colonial Collection, you can be assured these heirlooms are still handcrafted as they have been for centuries, one at a time by skilled craftsmen. Buy one piece or a room full, or order what you need. Smaller pieces are available too, like Stiffel lamps (made in the U.S.A.), jewelry cabinets, bookcases, hall trees, and cedar chests.

There are decorative sayings such as “Never enough coffee” and “Worry ends where faith begins” as well as quilts, embroidered doilies in different sizes for table or dresser, beautiful framed pictures that look like paintings due to the finish, and six-hour LED timer candles. Choose from six-inch, five-inch, or four-inch taper or vot. It looks like a flame. Add a berry ring around the base and voila, the table’s decorated. 

In addition to gazebos and outdoor buildings, they have outdoor furniture in recycled plastic. The rockers, chairs, tables, gliders, pub chairs and stools are maintenance free and will not crack, split, warp, or rot.

Delivery is available. Hurry to make your selection before the holidays. The furniture store is open from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; the food market is open the same days, from 9 a.m-5 p.m. For more information, call 875-1608.