With a Master of Arts from Johns Hopkins University, owner Georgia English is happier doing upholstery than teaching fiction. After raising her twin boys in Arkansas, she sewed a small clothing line called Peach Pavlova and learned about fabrics and the construction of clothing. She then moved to Colorado and apprenticed for the original owner of the Upholstery Shop, Bill Adams, who taught her to web and tie springs and saw a that she not only had an appreciation for furniture and the challenges each piece presented, but that she tackled those challenges with eagerness and care. With her background as a clothing designer, she is an expert at incorporating colors and textiles into existing residences and advising on fabric choices that will reflect the owner's lifestyle.
“When our customers are happy and call us to tell us what a great job we have done and how much they love their sofa or dining chairs or love seat, it makes me so proud.”
Upholstery takes time and is often physically demanding, but the results are gratifying. Every piece is different and requires different skills which challenge and fulfill each member of the team’s personalities and talents. The mix of residential and commercial and automotive keeps the shop full of different items undergoing work at any one time.
Rodolfo Ruiz has been doing upholstery for over 42 years in Mexico, California, and Arizona. He has extensive knowledge of antiques and expert upholstery techniques such as tufting and channelling. He is also known for his amazing automobile upholstery.
Rodolfo is also a fine woodworker and can repair most damaged wood pieces and build custom pieces from scratch, including headboards, footstools, and even chaises.
He is now joined in the business by his son Rudy, who is a wonderful young upholsterer.
Angie grew up in Indiana but had been drawn to Colorado in her early teens. As soon as she finished her Bachelor of Science at Indiana University she moved to Colorado and was quickly inspired by all of the unique artisans out here. She has been sewing since high school and decided to make the switch from science to seamstress. Working at The Upholstery Shop has allowed her to use both the analytical part of her brain and the creative part. Her favorite thing to do, at the shop, is helping clients with their fabric selection. She loves all things fabric and especially loves when she can help someone transform their worn down piece of furniture into something fresh and brand new. Though she won't brag about it, this woman can sew a window seat cushion or transform your outdoor furniture like nobody can!