Maybe it’s just a hopeful response to years of economic darkness, but it looks like more kitchens are being done with white or off-white cabinetry, agrees Skip Rudderow, owner of Main Street Cabinet Co. in Moorestown.
The showroom, located steps from the corner of Chester Avenue and Main Street, boasts kitchen displays of creamy vanilla-colored cabinets, illuminated by softer tones of granite.
“Many homes I’ve been doing recently have been in the lighter shades,” admits Rudderow, 48. “But that’s not to say you have to follow that trend."
While white cabinets offer some advantages because they blend with many home designs, the color scheme doesn't stop there at Main Street Cabinet.
“We offer a lot of choices,” says Rudderow.
Sample cabinet doors in camel, mustard and gunmetal flank the walls of the 1,000-square-foot space, in a back building just off street level.
"I really like what I do for a living," he says. "Every job I’ve ever had has been like a hobby to me."
That bright philosophy might be what has earned Rudderow an upswing in sales since he opened.
Rudderow grew up in Collingswood. His family started Rudderow Builders in 1920.
Always tinkering and assembling something, Rudderow says he received his first tool set when he was 9, and began building furniture.
“At one time I worked with a friend, helping him make electrical gauges for 1969 Camaros,” says Rudderow, who now lives in Medford.
After dabbling in electronics, Rudderow started working at Haddonfield-based American Classic Cabinets 13 years ago.
Armed with knowledge and drive, Rudderow decided to open up shop in Moorestown more than two years ago, when the renovation and building markets were experiencing some of their worse times.
"Sometimes I like to take chances," Rudderow says, chuckling.
It’s a family affair for the most part: Rudderow’s son George, 21, works with him in the design and sales operation, and his wife Joan, 48, handles the delicate tasks of managing the books.
Besides servicing clients throughout Burlington and Camden counties—as well as the neighboring beach communities—Rudderow works with homeowners in Connecticut, Delaware, New York and Pennsylvania.
“We currently are doing a house damaged from Hurricane Sandy in Rye, New York,” says Rudderow.
Rudderow carries four levels of Rutt and Plato cabinetry —“a price point for just about every budget”—with 80 percent of his business emanating from referrals.
While the majority of the business is kitchen cabinetry, he also offers cabinets for bathrooms, laundry rooms, as well as any other room requiring special cabinetry.
In the next couple of weeks, Rudderow will be moving into slightly bigger digs: the first floor of the 1786 historic building directly in front of Rudderow’s present office.
"We'll be able to spread out a little more, which will give us a chance to showcase more of our products," Rudderow says.