Newswire:Summer 2013

Happenings & Hirings etc.

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The Mitchell Construction Group of Medfield, MA, recently launched The Kitchen Express, a kitchen remodeling business that specializes in creating kitchens in as little as 15- to 20-business days. With more than 25 years experience in the design-build industry, Mitchell Construction was able to streamline the building process from demolition through construction. Concise scheduling and skilled tradesman make it possible for the company to produce quality modern kitchens that fit the lifestyle and budget needs of their customers—in as little time and as efficiently as possible. “The kitchen express clients have been extremely pleased, not only with the timeliness of the project, but more importantly the quality,” says Tommy Mitchell, the company’s business development manager.


Last November owners Bob and Paula Crane opened a new showroom in Orleans, MA, for Crane Appliance and Sound & Vision. Inside the 6,000-square-foot showroom, customers can find a wide selection of kitchen and laundry appliances, audio and video equipment and televisions as well as built-in design vignettes and a working kitchen. “We are thrilled to expand our retail presence in the Orleans community,” notes Bob Crane Jr., president of the family-owned company. Showroom hours are Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit or


For the past six years Snow & Jones, Inc., a local kitchen and bath supplier with showroom locations in Norwell and South Yarmouth, MA, has been hosting an annual money drive to benefit the Harwich Family Pantry. This past December, with the help of generous customers and employees, the company raised more than $3,400 to feed and clothe local families who are in need.


Congratulations to Mark A. Hutker of Hutker Architects for being elected to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) College of Fellows. As one of only seven architects to be elected in Massachusetts, Hutker is recognized for not only his achievements as an architect, but for his significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level. “Being elected to the College of Fellows is an exciting and humbling milestone in my career,” says Hutker. “The recognition and support of my peers is a tremendous honor which I share with the multitude of talented and dedicated professionals I have been fortunate enough to work with over the last three decades.”

Hutker will receive his Fellowship medal during the Investiture of Fellows Ceremony at the AIA 2013 National Convention and Design Exposition in Denver, Colorado on June 21st.

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A year and a half after a winter storm demolished Sunco Cabinets manufacturing plant in Easton, MA, the family-owned company rebuilt, opening Eastman St. Woodworks at its former location. “I guess we could have walked away, but we wanted to continue,” David Sun, Sunco’s president and owner, told the Boston Globe in a recent article. With the name change comes a new line of higher-end cabinetry that will be made of domestically sourced hardwood materials. (The Sunco parent company still produces their original lines of affordable kitchen and bath cabinetry.) The new $14 million facility is 150,000 square feet and includes a manufacturing plant and retail showroom.

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President Michael H. Cole of Cape Associates has retired after 40 years of distinguished work and service to his company. Committed to maintaining a family run business, Cole’s three children have become majority owners, each in specialized roles: Mathew H. Cole as president; Lindsay J. Cole will continue as director of human resources; Casey L. Cole as IT manager. Though retired, Michael will continue to play an active role as part of the Cape Associates Executive Committee, which meets to discuss management responsibilities and training opportunities for future company leaders. Cape Associates is headquartered in Eastham, MA.


Andersen Windows has recognized Shepley Wood Products as having the “highest customer satisfaction and in-home experience” rating of all Andersen dealers in the eastern region of the United States. Customer satisfaction surveys also revealed the notable work of Service Department Manager Mike Hambly and Service Coordinator Dede Miller.

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For shoppers seeking an alternative to “run of the mill” home décor retailers, The Hopscotch Room recently opened shops in North Providence, RI and North Attleboro, MA.

The Hopscotch Room—the vision of Kristine Teto, a long-established designer and decorator, and her husband Bradford Aubin of Bradford Design—features a unique mix of stylish furniture, tabletop and stemware, linens, garden accents, hand-selected home décor, apparel, jewelry, and giftware for every budget. With decades of experience in the luxury home construction market, the couple has specifically designed the shop to mimic the interior of a home so shoppers can envision how products could be used.


Unfinished Business of Cape Cod, a shop specializing in wood-crafted indoor and outdoor furniture, has expanded the business beyond its storefront. Customers can now schedule a design consultant to come to their home and assess what type of storage solutions would work best for them. From there, Unfinished Business—which has a full showroom in West Yarmouth, MA—designs the custom wall unit or built-in, builds it, applies the finish and installs it onsite. “The best thing is to see a client’s space and come up with a solution for them and not just a cookie-cutter one where one size fits all,” says Owner Jeff Marselle. Homeowners can customize their homes with everything from floor-to-ceiling built-in entertainment units and bookcases to custom-designed home storage solutions for the office, bedroom, kitchen and more. Consultations are free.

“We’re positioning The Hopscotch Room as a destination shopping experience,” says Teto. “It’s a comfortable, place for people looking to furnish a room, find the ideal accents for a celebration, or select the perfect gift.”

On an on-going basis, the shop offers interactive workshops and events such as wreath making, wine tastings, and “men’s shopping nights” at both locations.


Stonewood Products has added curb appeal to their Mashpee location with a new outdoor storefront made from the products they sell. The mostly stone-based project took around five weeks and includes classic cedar lattice fencing, new plantings, and retaining walls made from granite, thin-sawn stone veneer and black cobblestone. Marketing Director Jason Hogan says, “It’s a much more welcoming storefront and people can see more uses for our stone products.”

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