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Creative Kitchens opens showroom

July 26, 1998|By MATTHEW BIENIEK

Creative Kitchens provides more than just kitchen design and the cabinets to go with it, according to owner Greg Mann.

It also offers library units, pantry units, and marble bath sets, many of which can be seen in a new showroom the company opened recently at 18515 Leslie Drive in Hagerstown.

The showroom displays five examples of designs available from the company, including a barrier-free kitchen for wheelchair users.

The kitchen includes built-in shelves that slide out for easy access from a wheelchair and cabinets and other necessities that are built lower to the floor.

The showroom displays five full kitchens, a library, a pantry, and a bathroom.

Creative Kitchens spent $50,000 on the showroom, which allows sales people to show customers the full, completed rooms and products for the first time, Mann said.

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Before, customers chose cabinets based on pictures in design books and the company operated out of a warehouse and small office.

No new jobs are expected in the company due to the opening of the showroom.

Creative Kitchens has been in business for five years.

Most customers are people going into new homes. About 10 to 15 percent are remodeling existing homes, said Mann.

Mann will come out to a home to meet with a homeowner and plan kitchen design or remodeling.

He says his first question is always: "What didn't you like about your last kitchen?"

Mann also works with builders, down to the location of electrical outlets in the walls.

The store is just off of 65, two miles south of interstate 70.

The company plans further expansion as needed.

Creative Kitchens is the exclusive dealer for Yorktown kitchen cabinets in the area.

All the cabinets are available in a full range of woods, including hickory, oak, and maple, and a variety of stains. Marble can also be ordered for cabinet tops, Mann said.

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