‘We have evolved in many, many ways’: Andy’s co-owners reflect on 40 years of transformation

  • Andy’s showroom on Deerfield Street in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • The Bedrooms by Andy’s showroom on Deerfield Street in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Andy’s showroom on Deerfield Street in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Andy’s showroom on Deerfield Street in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • The Bedrooms by Andy’s showroom on Deerfield Street in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • Andy’s showroom on Deerfield Street in Greenfield. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • The three co-owners of Andy’s and The Oak Shoppe, Homespun by Andy’s and Bedrooms by Andy’s in Greenfield, pictured from left, are: Elizabeth Moore, Kate Finn and Joe Easton. Contributed photo

Staff Writer
Published: 6/17/2021 3:09:29 PM

GREENFIELD — A business that started almost by accident is now in the middle of its ruby anniversary.

Andrew Conti founded Andy’s Showroom in 1981 after retiring from the open-air market in town. As a retirement hobby, he began crafting Adirondack chairs and picnic tables in his Deerfield Street workshop for friends and family. He stored the finished products on the lawn and drivers-by often stopped and asked to buy them. And in the past 40 years, Andy’s Showroom has blossomed into Andy’s and The Oak Shoppe, Homespun by Andy’s and Bedrooms by Andy’s.

“We have evolved in many, many ways,” said Elizabeth Moore, who co-owns the business with Joe Easton and Conti’s granddaughter, Kate Finn.

Conti, who died in 2008, opened Andy’s Showroom in a building 100 yards from his workshop. His daughters, Gloria and Teresa, soon came aboard and they added pine bookcases, small cabinets and other unfinished items. With his daughters’ help, he expanded and bought unfinished products from manufacturers throughout the country and the three opened The Oak Shoppe across the street, selling oak furniture and upholstered furniture.

Andy’s moved into an addition built onto The Oak Shoppe in 2005. Homespun by Andy’s, a curtain store, opened six months later in the original Andy’s Showroom building. Fourteen years after that, the curtain store was moved to the flagship store to join Andy’s and The Oak Shoppe at 352 Deerfield St.

In 2019, Bedrooms by Andy’s opened at 329 Deerfield St., and Andy’s Furniture of Keene was opened at 93 Park Ave. in New Hampshire in January, sharing the former Plotkin’s Furniture building with Manny’s Appliances.

Conti eventually co-owned the business with Gloria and Richard Easton. The current three co-owners bought the business in 2013.

“I mean, (Conti’s) dream was always to grow it — so was Gloria’s, to grow it,” Moore said.

The company held a 40th-anniversary sale in May.

Finn’s grandfather likely never would have envisioned a global pandemic would force the stores to close for three months in 2020.

“But we did a lot of work from home,” Finn said. “It was a little crazy, definitely a new way of doing business. People were home for so long looking at their spaces and their furniture, (business) really hasn’t slowed down for us. It’s been very busy. People are doing a lot of things in their homes.”

Finn and Moore said about 85 percent of the merchandise they carry is made in the United States, and much of it comes from Amish country. In fact, the owners made a trip to Pennsylvania to stock up on furniture. But Finn said furniture is still built in the workshop where Conti started, and the Adirondack chairs are still crafted using his design.

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.




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