Artist Upholstery, a Grass Valley business focused on providing fine and detailed upholstery work to Nevada County, has relocated from Grass Valley’s downtown area to a new store front on the 300 block of Idaho Maryland Road.
“The opportunity just came up and we’ve been thinking about it for some time that it would be nice to have more parking for everybody,” owner Mark Madonna said. “My wife went on Craigslist and saw this beautiful building and we decided that it was time.”
The business was started by Madonna in 1985, after he moved to Grass Valley from his hometown Riverside, Calif. Mark Madonna and his wife Lori Madonna have since ran the family owned company out of different locations in downtown Grass Valley and Joerschke Drive. The couple, though, had been at their last location on East Main Street, next to the Grass Valley post office, for almost 20 years, and moved to their current Idaho Maryland Road location June 1.
“It was a huge move for us because we didn’t want to lose our customers,” Lori Madonna said. “But I think we have a lot of repeat customers that really like us, because Mark just does such a good job and takes care of our customers, so everybody is pretty happy with that.”
Mark Madonna, 53, said he’s been working in upholstery since he was a teenager, and got his first job in the industry right out of high school.
“My neighbor across the street set up a machine, and had some upholstery books and I was kind of self-taught,” Mark Madonna said. “I worked for him for three years, then I got a job as a manager.”
Mark Madonna does all of the upholstery work for the couple’s business and specializes in a wide variety of interior upholstery work including aviation, street rods, motorcycles, cars, antique and contemporary furniture, leather interior, windows and cushions.
Mark Madonna said the company’s new location gives his customers better accessibility to his services.
“We got this really beautiful building, and this nice big giant show room with all kinds of racks so we kind of expanded everything,” Mark Madonna said. “There’s a lot more comfort when you walk in, and the books are laid out a bit nicer, and we have this wonderful parking for the customers. So far everybody likes the parking and the look of the building. Everybody’s impressed.”
Lori Madonna holds down the management of the store and says that its been a pleasure working with her husband for more than 20 years.
“We’re just one of those rare finds where a husband and wife can work together,” Lori Madonna said. “We get along pretty well together. We live together, work together, eat together and we just have a good working relationship.”
Open Monday through Friday, Lori Madonna said she hopes customers old and new are able to find them at their new location.
“I like talking to people, I like the customers, and it’s kind of rewarding to see them happy and excited when our jobs done,” Lori Madonna said. “It’s fun to be really involved in that choice of helping them choose what they want. Just really taking care of the customers, that’s what we do here.”
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