Arbor Valley Cabinets offers high-end work

Downtown Red Deer has become home to a high-end cabinet shop that could soon expand across Canada.

Downtown Red Deer has become home to a high-end cabinet shop that could soon expand across Canada.

Arbor Valley Cabinet Gallery has been operating at 4806 Gaetz Ave. since July 22.

It emphasizes top-quality materials and construction, along with European accessories, said Stefan Forschle, a Red Deer resident who operates the business with his Blackfalds partner, Raimund Rudolf.

“It’s a luxurious product,” said Forschle, who turns to the auto industry for a comparison.

“Arbor Valley is the Bentley among kitchens.”

Drawers open and close with a light push, propelled by electric servo-drives.

“Technically, you wouldn’t even need handles,” said Forschle.

Soft-close hinges pull doors gently into place, and built-in LED lighting illuminates countertops and the interiors of drawers and cabinets.

Shelves are made from inch-thick wood, allowing for deeper cabinets and for shelf supports and electrical wiring to be hidden from view.

Drawer fronts are connected with a special engineered mechanism that increases drawer length within the same space.

“It’s only accessible to three companies worldwide, and we’re one of them,” said Forschle.

A collapsible Italian step stool allows users to reach upper cabinets, and then can be rolled out of sight.

And items like a knife block, spice holder and other kitchen equipment, as well as power outlets and a TV, are contained within hidden countertop pop-ups that rise with a gentle prod.

Also on display at the shop is a flat-screen TV that serves as a cabinet front.

A lift mechanism raises it to reveal storage space behind.

“It’s about the customer being able to use the product to its best and fullest,” said Forschle of Arbor Valley’s philosophy.

The cabinetry is manufactured in Blackfalds, he added, using only top-grade wood.

Cabinetry interiors are finished in colours exclusive to Arbor Valley, and clients can choose their own exterior colours at the company’s mixing lab.

A 10th generation woodworker, Rudolf has manufactured cabinets in Blackfalds for more than 25 years — primarily under the Contempo brand.

He was a customer of Forschle’s, who operates a European import business called Bucher Ltd.

It carries products like architectural hardware, kitchen accessories and LED lighting.

The two men agreed there was a need for high-end cabinetry, and decided to collaborate in the creation of Arbor Valley.

“What we’ve basically done is combine Canadian tradition in cabinet making with European technology,” said Forschle.

Customers can choose between a modern look, a traditional look or something in between.

“Everything is possible, because we do everything ourselves in our facility.”

The Arbor Valley shop also displays cabinetry and millwork products for other parts of the home, such as a walk-in closet with motion-sensor lighting and fans, illuminated hanger rails and a gliding steel ladder.

There is even a “live kitchen” where a chef will be able to prepare food for groups, such as interior designers or architects and their clients.

Forschle and Rudolf have also set up a design centre where professionals can sit down with clients to discuss options.

Nearby is a broad selection of tiles, laminate flooring, linoleum, carpets, blinds, paints, and granite and quartz products.

“We want to draw interior designers, specifically those that have home offices, to use this location,” said Forschle.

The Arbor Valley shop is already attracting customers from Edmonton and Calgary, and Forschle and Rudolf plan to open a half-dozen more outlets within the next five years.

Arbor Valley Cabinet Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

hrichards@reddeeradvocate com

Just Posted

1,200 runners came out to Woody’s RV Marathon in Red Deer

Red Deer’s Matthew Hope ran in the Woody’s RV World Marathon for… Continue reading

Two men steal 16 year old’s car at gunpoint in Alberta

RCMP are looking for two men who allegedly produced a handgun and… Continue reading

Mother of five who died in hit and run in central Alberta a huge loss to family, police say

Rocky Mountain House RCMP continue to investigate hit and killed case on… Continue reading

‘Rope-a-dope’: Environmentalists say Alberta war room threat won’t distract them

EDMONTON — Environmental groups targeted by Alberta Premier Jason Kenney are shrugging… Continue reading

Speed, alcohol considered factors in deadly Calgary crash: police

CALGARY — The Calgary Police Service says two people are dead after… Continue reading

WATCH: First Red Deer Market of 2019

The event is held every Saturday in the Servus Arena parking lot

Cast your votes for the Best of Red Deer

Nominations for the Best of Red Deer Readers’ Choice Awards are officially… Continue reading

Unions increasingly at odds over replacing troubled Phoenix pay system

OTTAWA — The federal team charged with finding a replacement for the… Continue reading

Sisters of Ste-Anne hold unique garage sale before giving up Montreal convent

MONTREAL — The Montreal-area Sisters of Ste-Anne are hosting a unique garage… Continue reading

Canadian pilot Patrick Forseth killed in Honduras plane crash: sister

TRUJILLO, Honduras — A British Columbia woman says her pilot brother was… Continue reading

As states pass restrictive abortion laws, questions surface

ATLANTA — As multiple states pass laws banning many abortions, questions have… Continue reading

Pelosi being honoured with JFK Profile in Courage Award

BOSTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is being honoured with the 2019… Continue reading

India’s marathon national election reaches the finish line

KOLKATA, India — Voting in India’s mammoth national election ended Sunday with… Continue reading

UK leader promises a ‘bold offer’ on Brexit deal

LONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May plans a “bold offer” to… Continue reading

Most Read