12/17/15

The Holiday Letter from JF

11 Min.

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The end of the year has arrived and in the midst of the holiday hustle and bustle I decided to take a minute to look back on what 2015 has meant for Jewett Farms + Co.

We have seen some huge changes, closing our Newburyport location and opening the doors in Boston. Our work has been featured in national publications and recognized for excellence within our industry. The JF team has welcomed new employees, a new baby, celebrated a wedding, and of course we’ve put in some solid bike miles. 2015 has been a year of creating change and working hard.

Obviously the project that has taken the most time and energy for our team has been our new showroom in the Boston Design Center. Bringing it from the empty raw space we saw in January to the beautiful example of JF craftsmanship that it is now certainly took a lot of work and was a huge team effort. Not only working directly on the showroom but also keeping things running smoothly in the shop and office, a task that fell to owner Mike Myers and Project Manager Dan Velluci while Owner Matthew Lord spent much of his time at the Design Center. Special kudos should be given to our Project Manager Alex Cochran who commuted from NH to Boston almost every day for close to 2 months to work with Matt installing displays, walls, baseboard, molding, appliances and so many other tasks (including some custom hand-painting!). Alex is dad to two girls and working in Boston every day was not easy – we truly appreciate his dedication.

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In October we took a break from the showroom to receive an award! On a whim I had entered JF into the Prism Awards for excellence in building and remodeling. We attended the gala with our fingers crossed, but no expectations and were thrilled to be awarded the gold for one of our favorite small kitchens, a historic remodel in Newburyport, MA. While at the awards we were pleasantly surprised to see Jewett Farms + Co. as the kitchen or flooring partner in many other winning projects. You can see the project here as featured in an article in New Old House Magazine.

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All summer long JF was represented on the backs of some pretty awesome junior mountain bikers. Jewett Farms + Co. was the primary sponsor for the Secoast Velokids junior mountain bike race team. Matthew Lord not only offered the sponsorship, he also volunteered as head coach leading 7 kids to races all over New England. It was an exciting season and it was great fun to watch the kids develop their skills and their competitive spirit! The team will be hitting the trails again starting in the spring of 2016, email us for more info.

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As many of you know JF has had a long relationship with the wonderful grass roots CF charity Team Trevor. Over the years JF has supported Team Trevor in the EpicMan, Boston Marathon and Cycle For Life. We also give 50% of the profits from the JF Workshop to Team Trevor. Over the summer we were able to give Team Trevor a check for nearly $4k – not too shabby for products made from off cut materials! We will continue to do our part for Team Trevor – you can find out more about them here, and even make a donation of your own.

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Throughout the year our team of craftsmen have been continuing to work incredibly hard, the cabinetry that they produce is outstanding, a true reflection of their dedication to the craft. I loved that our team was able to show off their skills to their friends and family at our in house opening party at the BDC – it’s not often that the cabinetmakers get to see the finished product, installed, styled, looking perfect. The showroom is great example of their hard work.

From cabinetry to soapstone and flooring. Carpentry and fabrication to design and sales. Jewett Farms + Co. is full of energy and passion for what we do. If 2015 was the year of change then 2016 will be the year of momentum. We are rearing to go and ready to take the year by storm!

Happy New Year, from all of us at Jewett Farms + Co.

The JF Team