Rochester's newest Amish-made furniture store opened its doors for the first time Thursday.
Deutsch Furniture Haus opened its 7,700-square-foot store at 3551 Commercial Drive Southwest in the old Mill's Fleet Farm building along South U.S. 63. ApplianceSmart occupies the rest of the building.
Two Rochester couples, Brian and Michelle Rand along with Philip and Nissa Kraling, are excited to have the business rolling along. They even have an Amish buggy out front.
"We ha ve something for every room — the bedroom, dining room, office, nursery, pretty much everything," said Michelle Rand.
They even carry a line of Amish-made mattresses.
All of the furniture is crafted by Amish families in southern Minnesota and some in northern Indiana.
As a sideline, Brian Rand sold furniture made by local Amish for five years online. It eventually grew to the point that they decided it was time to open a store. Brian Rand and Philip Kraling are brothers, so it's a family-owned-and-operated business.
The Rands and the Kralings have a grand opening event planned for June 12-14. It will include a drawing for prizes.
To be respectful of the furniture makers' beliefs, the new store will not be open on Sundays. Amish beliefs also factored into why the word Amish was not included in the store's name. It is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.