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Two decades of design

After 20 years in business, Minnesota Cabinets is giving its showroom a new look

May 17, 2010
By Jodelle Greiner

MARSHALL - To celebrate 20 years in the business, Minnesota Cabinets is remodeling.

"Three-fourths of our showroom" at 202 O'Connell St. is under construction, said co-owner Mike Ponstein. "We're going to show new styles, colors, new countertops, new finish techniques for cabinets."

It's something they do about every five years or so, Ponstein said.

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Minnesota Cabinets is celebrating 20 years and remodeling the showroom. From left are Joel Oolmann, Jeff Olson, Kay Ponstein, Ray Paulzine and Mike Ponstein.

"Designs come and go, so you try to keep up - what looks are coming," he said. "We did the remodeling to give a fresh new look to everything. We wanted to show people what new techniques look like."

One of those new techniques is brushing.

"They call it brushing where the brush strokes show through," Ponstein said. "That gives a really nice, soft, subtle look."

The renovations will also help employees help customers.

"For employees, rather than showing a special finish (on a small sample), you can show it on an entire display. You can see it a lot better with a full display, Ponstein said.

"For clients, they just like to see variety, spark some interest in wood species, or door styles they'd never thought of," Ponstein said.

The Marshall location employs five people, including Ponstein and co-owner Joel Oolmann.

"We do employ our own installers," Ponstein said.

"If people have their own contractors, that's fine, we work with all the local contractors," he said, "but if somebody would like us to do installation, we are glad to do that."

"We also sell PELLA windows and do different styles of cabinets and every countertop imaginable," Ponstein said.

"We just started taking on the Franke line of plumbing and fixtures that will have undermount sinks and faucets," he added. "That will be on display when we're done with our remodel projects.

"We do an awful lot of commercial work in Marshall," Ponstein said, including reception counters and nurses' stations.

The Des Moines, Iowa, showroom, which opened in 2007, also employs five people, one of which "is a CAD tech," said Ponstein, explaining CAD stands for computer aided design. "He does nothing but drafting. It's 3-D. When you want to look at the project, it's all raised up like you're standing in the room.

"We've helped with many, many homes," Ponstein said. "We're licensed contractors so we can help from the design stage to the finished, completed project. We can take care of everything inbetween."



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