My house-crazy/kitchen designer friend Marie sent me a link to this amazing Canadian company that specializes in vintage/retro kitchen appliances.
The company is called Elmira Stove Works and it is based out of the small town of Elmira in Ontario – my home province. They ship/sell internationally and have been around for over 30 years. Here’s their back story:
Elmira’s connection to antique appliances dates back three generations. Founder Tom Hendrick’s father supplied woodburning cookstove parts to local Mennonites from his hardware store in Elmira, Ontario.
In 1975, Tom saw an opportunity to supply not just parts, but complete cookstoves, to the local market and, potentially, all of North America. He acquired the rights for the Findlay Oval cookstove, and began manufacturing in what had been a chicken barn on the outskirts of the small town of Elmira. The popularity of the stoves grew, and consumers soon began to ask for similar styling in gas and electric models.
Hendrick responded, and the product line expanded to include a full line of gas and electric ranges with traditional styling and some of the modern features the company offers today. Fireplace shops, appliance stores and emporiums across the continent became an enthusiastic dealer network for Elmira’s growing line of products.
You can read more about the evolution of the company and their product lines here.
For those of us who own vintage homes, outfitting the kitchen is always a challenge when contemporary trends dictate the ubiquitous over-sized stainless steel appliances. With companies like Elmira Stove Works, the choices increase – with full modern functionality while still maintaining historic integrity.
I don’t usually endorse products or companies unless they are really special.
So I’m proud to promote this small Canadian company that has made an international mark on vintage kitchen design!
[Thanks Marie for the link!]