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R&J Amish Furniture celebrates 20 years in Harmony


Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Features

Reuben Hershberger, along with his brother Jake, are well known for their Amish-made furniture. Photo by Jade Sexton

Brothers Reuben and Jake Hershberger started their wood furniture business in Harmony 20 years ago, and since then things have grown and changed.

For the first three and a half years of their business, the two men built custom furniture for people. They eventually decided they could offer more to their growing customer demand by ordering it from other builders. They now order from about 60 different Amish builders in Ohio, where the brothers come from, as well as Indiana.

In 1999, the business expanded enough that a new, larger building was needed. It is now located right next to the original building and can hold a lot more merchandise that people can browse through at their leisure.

Amish-made furniture has been a popular choice for people for a long time. “It’s about the quality,” said Reuben. “It’s the way it’s built. It’s built to last for more than a generation.”

Amish carpenters use air or hydraulic tools when working with wood, and they use the finest quality woods. The most popular sold at R&J Amish Furniture are oak and quarter-sawn oak, but they also sell furniture made with elm, maple, hickory, cherry, and walnut.

“The quarter-sawn oak has a fine grain to it,” explained Reuben. “It’s the most reasonably priced, and it looks antique the way it’s stained.”

The options in furniture are almost endless. Dining sets, bedrooms sets, dressers, hutches, curio cabinets, entertainment centers and more fill the warehouse. They take orders, as well. According to Reuben, they have a wide variety of stain samples a person can choose from, and they can specify just what they want for their piece of furniture. The warehouse is full of different styles such as Shaker, Mission, and Traditional.

People come from all over to buy furniture at R&J. They sell to local people as well as tourists who are visiting the area, but Reuben said they sell a lot to people living in Rochester or the Twin Cities.

“Harmony is known for its Amish furniture,” said Reuben. “And it’s at a good price.”

R&J has Mary Jo Nagle working full-time, as well as some part-time employees. Reuben and Jake take care of all the business aspects, and do the driving to Ohio and Indiana to pick up furniture.

“We have a good large selection here, but we still have more to offer,” shared Reuben. He added there is now a .....
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Harmony native writes about love in anthology

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Features

Amy Hahn of Rochester started writing stories when she was a child growing up in Harmony. Throughout school she always had several notebooks with her and was always reading or writing something. She knew that was what she wanted to do with her life. ..... 
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Harmony “Empty Bowls” event fills hearts

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Features

The third annual “Empty Bowls” event took place on Sunday, November 11, 2012, at the Harmony Community Center in Harmony, Minn., from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event raises money to feed the hungry and to help the community become more aware ..... 
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A change to Harmony Main Street

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
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By Barb Jeffers The First Southeast Bank of Harmony, Minn. has started work on a major project which includes an addition and renovation. According to bank President Chris Skaalen, the addition and eventual renovation has been contemplated for six ..... 
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A touch of Japan in Harmony

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Features

Peace, tranquility, and relaxation. These are just three of the many words used to describe Asahi Loft by guests. Asahi Loft of Harmony, Minn. was opened in June of 2011 by Innkeepers Cindy and Doug Ofstedal. Once a guest arrives at Asahi Loft they ..... 
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Habitat Wall Raising celebration in Harmony on November 17

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2012
Posted in Harmony Features

Harmony, Minn. – Habitat for Humanity Winona – Fillmore Counties will be having a wall raising celebration at its Harmony house on Saturday, November 17. Habitat broke ground on the house last spring, and they are now celebrating the new family ..... 
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Harmony approves Girl Scout project

Fri, Oct 12th, 2012
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By Jade Sexton Aubrey Johnson was at the Harmony City Council meeting on October 9 to get permission from the city for a project being done by her Girl Scout troop on Oct. 13. Girl Scouts all around the area are getting together that day to cle ..... 
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Diane Hernandez brings her photography to Harmony

Fri, Oct 5th, 2012
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There are moments in life that only happen once, and capturing those moments to remember them forever is important to many people. Diane Hernandez loves helping people record those moments and milestones with her photography. She has opened her own ..... 
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Harmony native to showcase her artwork

Fri, Sep 28th, 2012
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When Danielle Flicek was growing up in Harmony, Minnesota, she was always into doing crafty things. When she was in high school at Fillmore Central, she really enjoyed her art classes and learning more about the different things she could do with he ..... 
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