Plain and Simple is craftsmanship at its best
BY CAROLYN BRANDT BROUGHTON
In 2004, Plain and Simple opened its doors in Evanston’s Main Street Station shopping district, at 713 Main S. Its mission was to provide simply and elegant Amish-made furniture. It has been furnishing homes in Evanston and the surrounding areas ever since.
From the popular glider chair to distinctive dining sets, entertainment centers and bedroom sets, Plain and Simple is the North Shore connection to the Amish furniture builders of Central Indiana.
“The craftsmanship is top-notch,” said store manager, Adam Vaughan. “Our artisans use only solid hardwood, which sets us apart. These days, so much of the furniture out there is made with wood veneers.”
The Main Street showroom provides an overview of what Plain and Simple offers.
“The furniture on the floor gives you a general idea of what we can do,” said custom designer, Josh McCallister. “However, the majority of what we sell is made-to-order.”
Customers can peruse Plain and Simple’s catalogs to select the type of furniture style, wood, fabrics and finish that work best.
“Whatever our customers are looking for, they can have the piece built to their own specifications and tastes,” McCallister explained.
The Teeple family has furnished nearly every room of their Chicago bungalow with custom pieces from Plain and Simple, and Will Teeple said he and his wife feel they’ve reached an important milestone because of it.
“We’ve been through the assemble-it-yourself furniture stage,” Teeple said. “Now we have these classic, well-built pieces that will go the distance with our family.”
He called it: “furniture with a soul.”
“We love that each piece has the stamp of the Amish family that crafted it,” Teeple said.
Well-thought-out features are the hallmark of Amish-built, Plain and Simple furniture, according to McCallister. Integrity is in every piece, from dresser-drawers constructed with solid-wood drawer boxes, dovetailed corners and full-extension metal slides (rather than the plywood construction found in many stores) to dining room tables with geared sliding systems that make it possible for one person to single-handedly manage table leaves.
In addition to fine craftsmanship, excellent customer service is paramount at Plain and Simple — from helping the customer navigate the choices of design, wood, fabric and finish to picking up each piece directly from the builder and delivering the finished furniture to the customer’s home.
Vaughan said buying customized furniture from Plain and Simple is a “win-win.”
“The customers we serve in Evanston and the Chicago area enjoy the clean, simple lines and quality of Amish-made furniture,” Vaughan said. “We, in turn, are able to help our Amish craftsmen continue their fine tradition of furniture-making.”
For more information, go to plainandsimplefurniture.com or call (847) 491-9210.