"Once we start a job we are very efficient. Getting a proper design and having the homeowner have time to look at the drawings is key to the design process. So, I'll give the client homework to do [about their project]. When they see how serious we are about it, they get serious too. It's a nice change."
In fact, the one thing that has not changed for Goldstein is the
philosophy he has carried from when he first moved to Oak
"Our philosophy is simple: [We strive for] controlled, consistent growth. As our clientele grows, we're only going to take on jobs we can do well. [In the end] we want to make sure that every client no matter how big or small is taken care of. If you grow too quickly, you can lose control of that."
Oak Park Kitchen and Bath
Location: 132 N. Ridgeland Ave., Oak Park, IL
Principals: Mitch Goldstein, owner and president of Baronger Group; Robert Urbain, owner and operator of Allied Plumbing; Daniel Urbain, owner and operator of Allied Plumbing; Heidi Gehrke, kitchen designer and showroom consultant and Lorraine Coppitas, showroom consultant
Hours of Operation:
10 a.m. 6 p.m., Tues.-Sat.
Employees: Three for the showroom; six for construction.
Major Product Lines: Wood-Mode, Inc., Brookhaven, Grohe, TOTO USA, Porcher, Bertch Cabinet Mfg., Inc., Kohler Co., Soho Corp., Lacava, Robern, Jacuzzi Whirlpool Bath, Ultra Baths, Inc., Rohl, Bates & Bates, Sub-Zero, U-Line Corp., BSH Home Appliances, Elkay Mfg. Co., Barclay Products, Ltd.
20/20 design software
"We believe in controlled, consistent growth."