When you gather, where is the space you most gravitate toward? For many families it is the kitchen. That’s where all the magic happens. Friends and family connect over delicious meals, perhaps a few glasses of wine are shared. Recently the trend has seen many folks escaping the city and their modern homes in favour of the more rustic setting of the cottage. With working from home being popular these days, the cottage is winning out with more time spent in the wilderness.
Elmira Stove Works says many people are looking to update their kitchens as more time is spent at the cottage, but they often aren’t looking for the typical modern upgrade of stainless boxy appliances. They are seeking a more relaxed, rustic, fun and quirky atmosphere.
This is where Elmira’s vintage-styled appliances have become popular! When you see a Northstar appliance you are greeted with fresh fun colours, smooth curved lines and bright chrome accents. The fridges were an immediate hit when they hit the market in 2001 and the line has expanded to include refrigerators, keg fridges, ranges, range hoods, splashbacks, microwaves and dishwashers – an impressive offering of twenty-three models in total!
Two of the biggest current design trends are mid-century modern and modern farmhouse – a perfect fit for Elmira Stove Works retro-modern appliances and Antique ranges.
Elmira Stove Works’ Antique line is also very popular recently, with homeowners and cottagers looking for something more rustic and nostalgic. These eye-catching appliances make a spectacular focal point in your kitchen, and the ranges are loaded with state-of-the-art features to make your culinary experience more enjoyable, more convenient, and more efficient. Besides having a full-size self-cleaning oven and choice of cooktops, there is also an option for a warming oven and electronic control panel. What a neat option – to have an appliance that looks like its woodburning predecessor with all the convenient technology of a modern range. Elmira also provides options to go with your antique range – with matching refrigerators, microwaves, wall ovens and dishwasher panels.
Both the mid-century modern Northstar and Victorian Antique lines of ranges are available in gas, electric or dual fuel models – these are appliances with the most modern technology styled to look as if they came from another era.
Elmira’s connection to vintage appliances dates back three generations. Founder Tom Hendrick’s father supplied woodburning cookstove parts to local Mennonites from his hardware store in Elmira, Ontario.
In 1975, Tom saw an opportunity to supply complete cookstoves to the local market and, potentially, all of North America. He acquired the rights for the Findlay Oval cookstove, and began manufacturing in a former chicken barn just outside of Elmira.
The popularity of the stoves grew, and consumers soon began to ask for similar styling in gas and electric models. Hendrick responded, and the product line expanded to include a full line of gas and electric ranges with traditional styling and some of the modern features the company offers today. Fireplace shops, appliance stores and emporiums across the continent became an enthusiastic dealer network for Elmira’s growing line of products.
Though the company has grown and evolved in the years since its birth, one thing remains the same; their creative products are one-of-a-kind and have become well renowned in their industry.
“Last summer we purchased three appliances from Elmira Stove Works. SPECTACULAR!!!!! Our neighbours come over often to marvel at these works of art. We knew that our new appliances would be beautiful; what we didn’t realize is how modern, efficient, and well-made they are also!” -Richard R, PA
Elmira Stove Works is the only remaining Canadian manufacturer of major appliances, and they are a true original, making each piece a work of art for your home or cottage, and a focal piece for years to come.
It may seem like an unusual business plan – recreate from the past, with an eye to the future – but it’s a plan that has succeeded for Elmira Stove Works for over four decades!
Elmira Stove Works
285 Union Street, Elmira, ON