Today, it's our pleasure to interview Efran Lebron, owner of Got It Covered Upholstery. We have been so impressed by his commitment to community service - and by his gorgeous upholstery!
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Who are you and where do you live?
My name is Efran Lebron. I am the owner of Got it Covered Upholstery and live in West Hartford, VT.
What do you do? For how long have you been doing it?
I began working for a local furniture mill as an upholsterer six years ago after moving to the Upper Valley from Atalanta, Georgia. I had no experience, but it became second nature since my background is in fashion designing. After a couple of years, I ventured out on my own and opened a little upholstery shop out of my barn. I recently moved my shop to the Galley Place in Woodstock. The shop focuses on upholstering furniture, boxed cushions, pillows, and a few other odd jobs from time to time. We also sell fabrics and curated fun pieces of furniture upholstered or waiting to be reimagined.
How has your life and livelihood changed in the time of Covid-19?
Upholstery production was put on pause for six weeks when one of my main supply vendors couldn't deliver due to the shut down in New York. That shook me a bit since I was newly in my Woodstock location, and I was just starting to get into the swing of things again after the shop moved. But I took the opportunity to keep things moving at the shop by making masks for the local hospitals, businesses, local residents, and many others around the country and Canada. I created kits for locals to sew masks, and together we all donated over 1500 masks. There was no way I could let me new shop sit stagnant.
I'm glad to be upholstering again, we are offering masks to all of our customers and doing all we can to keep everyone safe.
What is the most important thing that people can do to help support you and/or your business?
I'm stuck answering this question, because I don't know if I can ask for any more. The community has been so amazing to me and my business.
What changes do you hope to see in a post-quarantine world?
I hope for more unity.
We're so glad to have you in Woodstock, Efran! Let's all keep working hard to support one another as we begin to explore our new future - together.