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Rowland's Upholstery Plus

Nov 06, 2017 11:28AM
Rowland’s Upholstery Plus is the oldest surviving business in Nassau County that has been owned by the same family. Opened over 64 years ago in 1953 by brothers Willard and Earl Rowland, the business was originally in the building where the Crab Trap Restaurant is now located. By 1955, their brother, Lewis, and his wife, Doretha, joined them, and shortly bought them out. The business was then moved to their current location at 1120 South 8th Street. Today, the owners are Arlene Rowland and her brother, Wallace Rowland. Rowland’s custom builds upholstered furniture, but they also reupholster everything from antique pieces to boat and airplane seats. “One unusual item we have seen was a chair made of bull horns brought in by a customer, which we reupholstered in leather with the hair of the cow still attached,” says Arlene. “We really do get some interesting custom requests. We love to take antique pieces and refurbish them, that’s our specialty!” Rowland’s also fabricates custom drapes, valances, cornices, bedding, and shower curtains. They sell fabrics and carpet, and they have a Hunter Douglas showcase for blinds, shades, and shutters. “We have our own on-site workroom,” says Arlene. “We welcome our clients to visit us as we work on their pieces.” “There is value in local expertise and guaranteed satisfaction,” says Arlene. “We love our customers and are so grateful for their business.” Call Rowland’s Upholstery Plus at (904) 261-5842, visit, or stop by their showroom.