The journey of Against the Grain began over 15 years ago. In the beginning, Scott didn’t know how to combine his passion for woodworking and history. So Scott stopped by the local antique restoration company – the only shop in town doing anything close to woodworking. And that’s where their story started.
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.
We are located in an old, 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, with Scott handling company operations and sales and Jaime handling marketing, social media and support of the sales efforts.
Scott has over 20 years of operations expertise and Jaime has over 20 years of expertise in areas including investor relations, internal and external communications, stakeholder engagement, mergers and acquisitions, and much more! The both graduated from Michigan State University (Go Spartans!). Jaime also has a Master’s Degree from Northwestern University!
Not to be forgotten are Scott and Jaime’s beloved furry companions, who truly make ATG a family affair! Brady and Izzy love hanging out with Scott in the shop and, of course, taking naps.
You never know who will be there to greet you when you visit ATG, but we have a fantastic staff that helps make the shop possible!