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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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Donovan S. Friedhoff

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Social Scenes

Donovan S. Friedhoff Air Force Airman Donovan S. Friedhoff graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline ..... 
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Jayden Ray Ferrie

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Social Scenes

Sarah Jones and Dustin Ferrie of Harmony are proud to announce the birth of their son, Jayden Ray. Jayden was born on December 18, 2012. He weighed 7 lb. 11.2 oz. and was 21 inches long. Grandparents are Lisa Jones, Gerry and Jody Shileny, and Kev ..... 
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Tax abatement hearing at the Harmony City Council meeting

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Government

By Jade Sexton Mike Bubany of David Drown and Associates was at the Harmony City Council meeting on January 8 for the tax abatement hearing. The city is planning to refinance a USDA bond they currently have in order to get a lower interest rate an ..... 
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Howard Applen

Tue, Jan 8th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Howard passed away peacefully on January 8, 2013 at the Harmony Healthcare Center. Howard Carl Applen, son of Carl and Clara (Sanden) Applen, was born January 13, 1918 in Bradley, SD. As a small child, he moved with his family to Harmony, MN area, wh ..... 
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Marilyn Reuter

Fri, Jan 4th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Marilyn Reuter Marilyn Reuter, age 81 of Harmony, Minn., died Friday, December 28, 2012, at the Gunderson-Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, WI. Marilyn was born on February 27, 1931 in La Crosse, WI the daughter of Otis and Pearl (Ranger) Holman ..... 
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Mary Lou Nagel

Fri, Jan 4th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Mary Lou Nagel Mary Lou Nagel, 68, of Harmony, died Tuesday, January 1, 2013, at St. Mary’s Hospital Rochester. Mary Lou was born February 17, 1944 in Preston, the daughter of Norris and Doris (Wissing) Nagel. She attended Prairie Queen coun ..... 
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Harmony Blood drive collects 40 units

Fri, Dec 21st, 2012
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

The blood drive held in Harmony on December 11, 2012, succeeded in collecting 40 units of blood. There were 44 donors that presented and three first-time participants. Congratulations to these four donors who reached the following milestones: Jill ..... 
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