By Karen Graham
The inventory in the back rooms of Canadiana Cabinets on Brown Line consists of long boards of solid wood and veneers and hardware- there are no pre- built cabinet boxes. That is because every kitchen cabinet, vanity and office cabinetry they sell is custom made from scratch. At this shop, the focus is executing the customer’s vision for their space, and if your vision is a bit fuzzy, they can help with that, too.
There’s a calm confidence about Canadiana Cabinets owner Bill Barker that is evidence of his extensive experience. He began building cabinets for Royal Homes in 1993 when he was looking for a career change. After working as a manager there for two years, he bought the kitchen division and took on the role of owner. Over the years, the business has gone through changes in location and structure and recently moved to the former Stickling’s Bakery location on Brown’s Line off County Rd. 28 which he purchased when the bakery vacated a few years ago. With a staff of nineteen, this family owned and operated business ships out between five and six complete kitchens each week, each one made to order in house. Barker’s son Ian has joined the firm as Production Manager, bringing years of retail management and a vested interest in the success of the business to the task. Most of their projects are sold through a network of dealers and designers, but they do retail projects for customers in Peterborough and the Kawartha’s.
Barker’s relaxed composure helps his customers deal with the stress of large and potentially disruptive projects. Some arrive frazzled by issues that have not been addressed by other cabinet suppliers, and Barker seems to enjoy the challenge. With his years of experience, there are very few problems he hasn’t encountered before.
Among the staff are two designers to help customers make the best use of the space available. They work closely with customers, ensuring details like budgets, timelines and lifestyle are addressed in the plans. Projects include bathroom design and installation, custom vanities, cabinet doors and cabinets and countertops. The organization offers a wide variety of cabinet styles, from glossy coloured modern looks to old world, detailed panels. Their showroom offers a wide range of cabinet and countertop samples for customers seeking inspiration.
Staff at Canadian Cabinets focus on the customer and deliver not just cabinets but also satisfaction. To learn more, visit their showroom or their website at www.canadianacabinets.com. As a gesture of community support, the organization will donate 3% of the sale of cabinetry to customers of Cavan Monaghan to the Community Centre project. KG