Jim Dates and I started building furniture in his father’s garage on Colvin Ave in Buffalo in 1982. It took us 30 years to earn our clients’ trust. We’ve figured our way out of a lot of tough situations. And finessed our clients out of some, too. I think maybe we should work together. Here’s a heads-up. I tend to talk a lot. But it’s mostly about what we do best.
Every company goes through growing pains. Back in our garage band days, we were called Fine Line Design and we didn’t think about brand. In fact, we were still remodeling kitchens. But we had a plan. A plan to become a hot new manufacturer of made-to-order furniture. Now brand is a big deal. We get it. Maybe your furniture should be more like your brand.
Slipping away from work at DatesWeiser and enjoying a cold one, I spotted a stunning brunette at the end of the bar at Nietzsche’s.
And it wasn’t my rapier wit and dashing demeanor that charmed her. No. Turns out she was a sucker for sawdust. Kathy and I have been hooked since then. Long enough to see our son through college. Long enough to see DatesWeiser become a leader in corporate furniture. Maybe it’s time for your company to hook up with ours.
In the 1940’s, the Wurlitzer factory in Buffalo was making jukeboxes by the thousands. By 1982, the jukeboxes were long gone, and we moved into our first real production space in the old jukebox factory. Our work was a smash hit and we expanded from Buffalo to Boston and then down to New York. You’ve got to conduct a terrific orchestra to make great furniture. Let’s make beautiful music together.
June 1, 1989. Another big day for DatesWeiser. It’s the day we opened for business at our new factory in downtown Black Rock. Now one of Buffalo’s trendiest neighborhoods, we were here first. Long before the restaurants, art galleries, and jazz joints arrived, we stashed our trucks right here at this fashionable loading dock. We were listening to Miles Davis and Jaco Pistorious and making glorious furniture. We’ve still got the goods. Let me bring you up to date.
Kathy and I loved this house on Lancaster Street in Buffalo. New Year’s Eves and cheering on the Bills to four Super Bowl losses.
Meanwhile, DatesWeiser continued to grow and it was time to raise our game a notch. We sold the house and moved to New York to open our first showroom. We’re still rooting for the Bills. But racking up our own wins. Find out the score.
We made it to Broadway. Broadway Street in Buffalo that is. Our current, 100,000 square foot factory opened in 1996. It’s a careful brew of technology and craftsmanship. And lousy coffee. We also opened off-Broadway at our showroom on 21st Street in Manhattan, a quiet, elegant place with great coffee. We’ve been dreaming of the bright lights and the big city from day one, And working towards our big break. Visit us on Broadway or off-Broadway. Coffee’s on us.