Business Profile: The Shop Unfinished and Painted Furniture

02/09/2011 12:09 PM |

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Owner Kerry Janis in the Mattituck showroom.

Owner(s): Andrew and Kerry Janis

Year established: 2001

Location: 625 Franklinville Road, Laurel

Phone: 631-298-5655

Number of employees: 4

Kerry Commander’s and Andrew Janis’ North Fork paths led to love, marriage and a family, as well as a business that combined their talents, skills and interests.

The Shop Unfinished and Painted Furniture, founded by the Janises in 2001, sells unfinished furniture. (You can see a selection of The Shop’s pieces at Customers can finish or paint the pieces themselves, or have The Shop do the work.

Kerry and her staff also offer interior design consultations for kitchens, baths, offices, libraries or whole houses and any cabinetwork they may need.

Both North Fork natives and graduates of Mattituck High School, they began dating when Andrew was at Johns Hopkins, where he earned a degree in international relations in 1991. They married in 1994. By then, Kerry had graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in interior design and had started classes at the Savannah (Ga.) College of Art and Design, where she earned a master’s degree in historic preservation in 1995.

Purely as an investment, their families helped them buy a commercial building in Laurel that had a legal upstairs apartment. Kerry thought she’d use it for a studio and decorative painting business. By then, Andrew was making ends meet working for his dad’s construction company and his father-in-law’s painting business.

One day, as Kerry — who worked for a time at Cabinets Plus in Riverhead — pondered how to make use of her artistic interests and their building, the idea hit them: Sell unfinished pieces and offer customized finishes by Kerry.

The Shop was born, and it’s been doing well for nearly a decade through economic ups and downs. The latest recession did convince the Janises to cut back on inventory — most pieces are special ordered — and Andrew went back to school to become a registered nurse. He’s now on staff at Eastern Long Island Hospital but remains a co-owner while Kerry runs the business and her retired dad helps out. She also teaches interior design at Suffolk Community College.

The Janises live in the apartment over The Shop, raising two girls and a boy, ages 5 to 12. “I can run upstairs and downstairs, changing hats,” Kerry said of the easy transition she can make from mother to businesswoman-artist and back again.
The Shop is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Mondays by appointment.



8 Comment

  • Gg, I beg to differ. We do not deserve everything we get. We are working people who expect the school board and superintendent to serve the educational needs of our children. In typical SWR fashion, a bunch of overpaid suits show up to tell the few district residents that are able to get time off from their second, and maybe third, job that there is not enough money in the budget to provide the educational services necessary to educate our kids. $19,000 to hire these consultants to ask the community what we want from a superintendent??? Doesn’t anyone in a position to approve this hiring know what qualities a candidate should have? Come to us with a few candidates and ask our opinion after showing their backgrounds and qualifications instead of just asking laypeople what we want in a superintendent.
    And for the record, the community approved the budget last year after an flagrant 26% increase the prior year in spite of voting against the budget. We want schools that are not failing structurally. We want a high level of education provided to our children. We want, need, and deserve a school board and super who place priority on the needs of the children by responsibly managing the available budget.

  • Where is a Budget Advisory Committee (from the community, not a board of education acting as one, as the joke is this year) the past three years? With our taxes being increased over 45% in that time period, total control by the board and Copel with NO Oversight or transparency from the public, or input to MAKE REDUCTIONS… a foreign concept for her and them, with the people having no say or real control, why bother showing up for any meetings. Copel and Co. have their game plan, and any time spent to see that game plan altered is ignored, and then we are threatened, with the children being the victims. Where was this meeting advertised for the general public? I didnt get anything in the mail and it wasn’t in our local newspaper. Only those they think will vote yes, no matter what on the budget are given a heads up. Reading this after the fact is how they do things in SWR. No matter what, we will get a puppet in charge to tax and spend, and threaten the kids, so mommy and daddy say yes to any spending they want. Note that this is the only school district who is threatening no kindergarten, other districts are doing responsible budgeting.

  • Right on, Rolling Eyes.
    Wait, I thought there is a $2.5M general fund balance? Why is eliminating kindergarten on the table?

  • 12?

    And youre cosigning that mass delusion?

  • 12?

    And youre cosigning that mass delusion?

  • I appreciate the info, but the $19,000 is not my main complaint. Although once you take into account the overhead and fixed fee of the consulting firm, you are talking about $8000 worth of research and candidate searching that could easily be done online, save for the evaluations of potential candidates. My main point is that some group out there should know what qualities a good superintendent should have without asking the people, most of whom are likely not in the recruitment industry. The desired qualities identified in the report (in NSS article found here: should be obvious. How much of the $19,000 did it take to create this report? Was it worth it? Could some of these funds have been better utilized?