Against the Grain Creative Concepts100% Local
5521 18th Ave
Kenosha , WI 53140 (view map)
Against the Grain Creative concepts: Found. Loved. Beautified. We restore, reclaim and repurpose antiques, create custom carpentry projects and art.
The journey to Against the Grain began over 15 years ago. Scott knew he had a passion for woodworking and history, but hadn't yet known how to combine them. At the time, the Buell’s lived in a small farming community in Michigan that lacked industry and jobs. 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 began.
Scott and the owner agreed to a part-time apprenticeship that soon blossomed into full-time work. Along the way, Scott advanced his skills, grew his passion and pursued his own 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 later took them to Charlotte, NC, where they indulged their passion by filling their home with antiques and custom pieces. But they chose not to restart the business (yet!).
Ten years later, Scott and Jaime moved back to the Midwest, first to Chicago and then to Kenosha, which they now call home. They once again began pursuing their passion of combining woodworking, history and the added element of their agricultural roots.
And so was borne Against the Grain.
Located in an old, historical grocery warehouse building that has been repurposed and refurbished into ATG’s shop and showroom, About UsATG is a single family-owned business that serves fans 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 with five of those in restoration, and another 15 in sales and service organizations. Jaime has over 20 years of expertise in areas including investor relations, internal and external communications, stakeholder engagement, mergers and acquisitions, operations, learning and development, and organizational change.
Scott and Jaime both graduated from Michigan State University, and Jaime recently earned 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.
Silas Magee enjoys hanging out with Scott in the shop and, of course, taking cat naps. Izzy, a golden retriever and the newest member of the family, serves as the chief marketing officer, drawing people in with her sweet smile and friendly disposition. You never know who will be there to greet you when you visit ATG, but they have a fantastic staff that helps make the shop possible!