The journey of Against the Grain began over 20 years ago. In the beginning, Scott didn’t know how to combine his passion for woodworking and history, so he stopped by the local antique restoration company – the only shop in town doing anything close to woodworking. And that’s where our story began.
Scott started a part-time apprenticeship at the restoration company and that soon became full-time work. As Scott flourished, he decided to turn his passion into a business. Together, Scott and Jaime opened Quintessential Endeavors in their garage and were on their way. Scott bought and reclaimed antique furniture, fixed it, restored it and sold it on the summer antique circuit in the Midwest.
Jaime’s job would later take them to Charlotte, North Carolina, where they filled their home with antiques and custom pieces. Ten years later, Scott and Jaime moved back to the Midwest, first to Chicago and then to Kenosha, which they now call home. Both Jaime and Scott began to pursue their passion of woodworking and history once again.
And so was born Against the Grain.
Today we focus on reclaiming, repurposing, and reinventing. When the snow flies we’re building custom projects for our clients from reclaimed materials, or reinventing the many treasures we obtain along the way. When the snow isn’t flying, we’re soaking up all the nice weather has to offer while taking down structures or architectural components. Our year is measured by “barn season”.
True to form, we are located in a Kenosha landmark – a historical grocery warehouse building that has been repurposed and refurbished into our store front and warehouse. We are a single family-owned business that serves our supporters from Chicago to Milwaukee. Jaime and Scott manage all aspects of ATG, from taking down buildings to your experience when you walk through our doors, with help from our amazing team, of course!
Not to be forgotten are the fur balls who truly make ATG a family affair! Brady and Izzy love hanging out with Scott in the shop, greeting our clients, and, of course, taking naps. It takes a lot of effort to be deemed “Kenosha’s Best Greeters!”.
We’re both Michiganders by birth and our families are just a short ride across Lake Michigan. We hang our hats firmly on the Michigan State side of the MSU - U of M rivalry as we both graduated with agriculture and communications degrees from MSU. Our combined experience ranges from running dairy farms to heading up investor relations for a publically traded company. Our menagerie of experience is what makes us who we are, why we love what we do today, and why we choose to share our love of history and quality craftsmanship with all of you.
You can recognize Scott by his ever-present beard, laughter, and sarcasm. The length of beard is what changes with the temperature. But don’t mistake that for grooming, that’s not his thing. Jaime is usually the one running in or out the door on her way to work. She’s our CEO, but she’s also a trusted advisor to many other organizations and people.
We’ve all heard the phrase “they don’t make’em like them used to”. They don’t, but we do, and we have fascinating examples of superior craftsmanship all over our store. Stop by because you share our passion for restoration and repurposing, or simply because you want to learn about, and see, something from our past.