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New business - Soffe's Furniture

June 20, 2005

Name of business: Soffe's Furniture

Owner: Douglas Soffe

Address: 4449 Mercersburg Road, Mercersburg, Pa.

Opening date: April 1

Products and services: "I make custom furniture. My specialty is early American reproductions." He said much of his work is made by hand.

Market area: Hagerstown, Frederick, Md., and Chambersburg, Pa.

How did you get into your business, or what motivated you to start it: "I loved two things; I loved American history and I loved woodworking, and combining them seemed to satisfy my curiosity and interest."

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Previous business experience: Served as an apprentice for Master Cabinetmakers, New Era Custom Design and Keystone Country Furniture.

Number of employees: Soffe and his wife

Store hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Web site: www.soffefurniture.com

Telephone number: 240-409-1246.

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