American Heirlooms - January 2020

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JANUARY 2020

REFLECTING ON THE DECADE AND LOOKING AHEAD TO 2030

It’s hard to believe another decade has come and gone. When I look back on the past 10 years, I can’t help but feel some of the pain, excitement, and changes we experienced. In 2009, our shop acquired the Penns Creek Furniture Company. This gave us access to sales in furniture stores. This move would help our shop grow over the next 10 years. In addition to learning about the styles of Penns Creek line, We learned to build private label furniture for MaineCottage.com. Throughout the decade, we discovered how to paint solid colors with water-based paints and respond to recent trends. As we have discovered, you have to adapt in order to survive as a small business. Our accountant has been very helpful as we gain a clearer understanding of our business needs and where we can grow. We sold our Dover, Delaware, showroom in 2017, which brought our office and sales back to the shop. While closing a store may not seem positive, it was the right move for our small business. Finally, in 2018, my father, Fred Zimmerman, sold the shop to me. This transition had been the works for a long time up until this point, so it was a formality more than anything. Still, I’ve been honored to continue this family tradition. It felt like a natural move for me.

Adrian will be 12 and halfway through his schooling. Our now first- grade child, Kendrick, will be 17 years old in 10 years. I can see him hunting deer and enjoying the rugged outdoors. Our 9-year-old child, Malcolm, will be 19. By that point, Bethany and I may need to do some teen coaching focused on searching for a life's companion. By the time this happens, we will have had some experience, too, since Heather, who is now 17, and Megan, who is 13, may have their own families to care for. As for Bethany and me, the next 10 years may find us with a little grayer or with less hair but still enjoying our time together. By that point, we will have lived through two more presidential elections and possibly a recession. Regardless of what the next 10 years have in store, I know the Creator has big plans, and I’m excited to see them unfold. –Ethan Zimmerman

As for my family, a lot has changed in the past decade; it’s been 10 years of growth and bittersweet memories.

August 2019 was the 11th anniversary of the death of our 4-year-old son, Patrick. That anniversary brought back memories, but our faith in God has guided us through this heartache. We know innocent children are safe in heaven. Relying on that faith has helped our family for the past 10 years, and the heavens continue to have a special meaning for us.

Looking ahead to the next 10 years and what’s in store for 2030 is difficult to fully understand.

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