After more than eleven years of restoring wood furniture at his Bucksport Road shop, David Conary has branched off in a new direction.
Downeast Refinishing, the business that Conary founded in 1994, has expanded into a retail space offering restored wood furniture. "These are period pieces that I have collected and carefully restored to 'like new' condition," Conary says.
Opened in November 2004, the retail arm of the business is located adjacent to his shop, marked by a yellow rocking chair high above the side of the road, a mile and a half west of downtown Ellsworth at 321 Bucksport Road.
Conary says that the furniture area was a natural extension of the refinishing business for it provides an outlet for the refinishing crew to show what can be done with old pieces. Customers, in turn, can find unique and speciality furnishings that compare favorably in price with new items. "It just makes sense," Conary says. "I had the shop and the workers anyway, so when there's a lull they can work on furniture for the gallery."
"My customers had suggested again and again that I explore this business niche," Conary says. "I believe my new gallery will be a unique cross between a new furniture showroom and an antiques shop."
Downeast Refinishing and Furniture Gallery