Those of you who are on “the Facebook” will no doubt recognize the name Maray’s Kids n Stuff by now. They’re absolutely my favourite local kids’ furniture manufacturers.
Before my friends at Forward Multimedia introduced me to them back in May I had no idea that there was anyone in T&T making custom kids’ furniture like these guys. We’re talking high quality, great design and local wood.
I sat down with Raymond and Marcia for a chat, to find out how they managed to branch out into furniture, both coming from very different “traditional” jobs. It turns out Raymond’s always had a passion for building and making things, having been taught woodworking skills at an early age by his uncle. Making the decision to pursue that passion was one they considered very carefully, and one they’ve ventured into together – harnessing Marcia’s business savvy and Raymond’s technical expertise.
Raymond comes alive as he talks about taking up the challenge to produce designs that little kids will fall in love with, and which are likely to become part of their fond childhood memories. As he talks I recall the attachment I had to a piece of “me-sized” furniture from my childhood, and how it awakened my imagination as a child. Sure those were the days of Enid Blyton books, and no TV – but those were also the days before mass-produced furniture with no personality were the norm.
He tells me about the full-wall cupboard handpainted by the artist he works with to bring a favourite cartoon hero to life, and the “reveal” to the child it was made for, and his excitement is contagious. By the time he tells me the satisfaction he feels driving to people’s homes to deliver pieces, and seeing children skipping in anticipation of new “treasures” I can’t help but grin, imagining another twinkly eyed worker delivering presents on Christmas Day.
I love that this is not just work to these guys. They do what they do with heart and soul, and they share a passion for customer service and for quality. They pay attention to the details and they work hard to ensure their pieces are finished to the highest standards to be aesthetically pleasing and completely safe.
Coupled with their willingness to customize their designs to suit your budget, it’s evident they intend for these pieces to become well-loved additions to family homes.