Settle in for a long story of how River's Edge Cabinetry came to be.
Joe Foltz was 14 years old when he got his first job building custom homes and cabinetry. He loved it and stuck with the job through high school but when the owner decided to retire, Joe faced a big decision: buy the business or find something else to do. So in 2004, at the ripe old age of 19, Joe bought the business and set up Joe Foltz Construction in a tiny shed in New York Mills. It wasn't glamorous but it was a start.
Around this same time, Joe met Tasha. We'll spare you the details but these high school sweethearts love each other and their relationship is the foundation of everything we do. They were married in 2006 and started their life together. While Joe built custom homes and cabinets, Tasha finished nursing school and began her career as a delivery room nurse. Life flew by and their family grew quickly to include four beautiful daughters they love dearly.
Eventually the business outgrew the New York Mills location so in 2008, Joe and Tasha decided to relocate to a large shop near Perham on the Ottertail River. Just like that, River's Edge Cabinetry was born. We handcraft every piece of our cabinetry in this shop, and we love how the serene location inspires our team and influences our work.
Something a lot of people don't know about the cabinetry business: if you don't love it, you won't make it. Custom cabinets are one of the main features of a dream home which means they have to be perfect, and the process takes time. That's why in 2014 Tasha left her lucrative nursing career and devoted herself to River's Edge Cabinetry full-time. Thankfully, the good Lord provides. Clients love working and designing with Tasha, and our cabinetry business has continued to grow.
In May 2019, we opened the River's Edge Cabinetry showroom on Main Street in Perham. Although humble by nature, we are excited to show off our work which today is much more than cabinetry. We now offer Cambria countertops, custom furniture, outdoor grills, built-ins, fireplaces, windows and more. It took another leap of faith but as a company built on hard work and Christian values, we are confident the good Lord will see us through. Please stop in and say hi. We'd love to see you!
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This talented crew is vital to our success.
After graduating from Perham High School (where he took 4 years of cabinetry classes!) Jake got a degree in cabinetry, then spent the next 20 years building custom cabinets and trade show displays for some of the largest companies in the world. This experience taught him how to build almost anything, using almost any material, and we are truly blessed to have him on our team. Jake and his family live near Big Pine Lake in a home he finished using lumber sourced on site. Take one step inside his home and you'll see why we hired him on the spot.
Some men were born to work with their hands and Greg Meyer is one of those men. He first joined our team in 2012 doing construction but in his words "it's not detailed enough" so he moved over to our cabinetry shop about five years ago. He's a highly skilled perfectionist with a sharp eye for design or in other words, the perfect guy to outfit your dream home. The only bad thing we have to say about Greg is that he's a Packers fan! He and his growing family have called Perham home for several years, and he's an indispensable member of our team.
Joshua came to us five years ago based on the recommendation of Mr. Skow at Perham High School, so we knew he'd be good. A man of few words, he says you need two things to properly install cabinets: muscles and patience. He's known for his big smile, craftsmanship, and get-it-done attitude. He recently bought his first house and immediately started improving it, because that's what Joshua does.
One day after opening our showroom in Perham, Hannah walked in and asked for a job. That was a good day! Hannah is extremely helpful, friendly, knowledgeable, and fun to work with. She has a sharp eye for design and brings insight our clients truly appreciate. She's currently learning our design software and we can't wait to see what she creates.
You can't teach touch. It has to be learned through experience and lucky for us, Jesse has it. He's been spraying, painting, and doing finishing work for over 15 years and his experience is invaluable to our team. Away from work, he enjoys the outdoors and spending time with his family at their home near New York Mills.
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Brad is the newest member of our team and we're so thankful to have him. He's a fast learner and skilled builder, exactly what we need. Before joining us in 2019, he was with a local company designing and building walls and trusses. He says this job requires a lot more creativity, which is good. No argument here! When he's not working, Brad likes to spend time with his kids and ride his motorcycle.