Kelsey Gerhardt Staff Writer
It will soon be a new year. So, if you are looking for a way to give your home’s interior a new look, James “Pete” Perkins can help you with a race-lift for your furniture.
Perkins learned the upholstery trade from his uncle when he was 13 years old. He has been practicing his family trade ever since.
These 57 years of experience have taught him how to reupholster everything from antique furniture and dining room sets to boat and automobile interiors.
Perkins opened his business on Cumberland Avenue in 1969. Forty years ago, the location for his business was demolished, forcing him to move to his current location in 1973.
Despite his business surviving decades of changing politics, he has noticed the economy affecting his business more lately than ever before.
Perkins said he recognizes that people don’t have as much money to choose the top of the line quality fabrics he offers to use when reupholstering. Instead, they will buy discounted priced or lesser quality fabrics and bring them for him to use when upholstering their furniture.
“People just don’t come in here and pick out the best quality materials. They go to secondhand shops and look for secondhand material,” said Perkins.
Perkins upholsters every item by hand and continues with the quality workmanship that he learned from his uncle. Even though the economy has taken a toll on the area, his expertise has never wavered.
“The mines have shut down and people don’t have as much now. They’re not getting stuff recovered like they used to,” said Perkins.
Pete’s Upholstery is located at 1406 Rochester Avenue in Middlesboro and can be reached at 606-248-2318. The shop is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Reach Kelsey Gerhardt at 606-248-1010 ext. 204, email@example.com.
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