BY JOEL SENSING | MIRROR REPORTER — For more than three decades, an uptown Maumee business has been helping homeowners make memorable impressions in their kitchens and bathrooms. Cabinet Impressions, 315-17 Conant St., is a family-owned premier design, sales and service firm specializing in new and remodeled kitchens and bathrooms, as well as other rooms of the home. The company was founded by Sharon Meeker in 1983 at its original location on West Wayne Street. As the business grew, it moved to its current location. Although Sharon passed away last year after a battle with cancer, Cabinet Impressions is going strong, led by her husband John, children Jessica and Zach, and certified kitchen designer Linda Leganik. Linda started working at Cabinet Impressions in 1987, originally doing the bookkeeping and perspective drawings. “I had no interest in design,” said Linda, now certified by the National Kitchen and Bath Association. Although she had an art background, she started selling and designing kitchens. The detour turned out better than expected. “I love my job. I love what I do,” she said. “One thing that’s unique about Linda,” said Jessica, “is that most kitchen design companies do everything by computer and use computer software. She does hand-drawn floorplans and perspectives. We have talented designers that have many years of experience.” Jessica started working at the family business when she was 20 years old, originally unloading trucks, doing service calls and creating basic plans. As she grew more familiar with her mother’s business, Jessica began doing sales and design. After about a decade in the business, she left in 2006 at the time of the housing market crash. Fewer homes being built and purchased in the mid-2000s impacted the small business, but Jessica rejoined Cabinet Impressions several years ago, again heading up sales. Styles have changed over the decades, of course. Where homeowners once wanted elaborate, intricate patterns, clean, straight lines have taken over. “People like simplicity in design much more than in the past,” Linda said. “It used to be very ornate and people wanted all the bells and whistles, handcarved corbels, and now everyone wants clean, straight lines,” Jessica said, noting that painted white kitchens have become quite popular. “Customers want painted whites and light greys or very dark espresso finishes – so it’s one end of the spectrum or the other,” Jessica said. “And people want easy maintenance, so we’re doing flat panel or simple shaker styles.” Quartz and granite are still dominating as the countertop materials of choice, Linda said. “We offer wood tops, too,” she noted. “Not as many of them, but that’s a nice accent in a kitchen.” Porcelain tops have also become increasingly popular in recent years, Jessica said. “They’re very durable and can be used in outdoor kitchens.” It’s important for Cabinet Impressions staff to listen to their customers’ visions for their new or remodeled kitchens or baths. “We talk with them about what they want to achieve in doing their kitchen,” Linda said. “The look they want, how they cook, how their families work in the kitchen, how they entertain, and we design around them.” Bathroom remodels are growing in popularity at Cabinet Impressions, as well. “People are getting rid of the big Jacuzzi tubs and putting in walk-in showers and using unique tile,” Jessica said. “Tile’s come a long way. There are some really beautiful looks, tile that looks like wood grain, concrete looks. Marbles are huge – tile companies are replicating the Calacatta marble or the Carrara marble. People want the clean look of marble for their backsplash or bathrooms.” Cabinet Impressions does both remodeling and new construction. “We design cabinetry for all areas of the home,” Linda said. The company sells seven cabinet lines in total, including several lines that accomodate smaller budgets. “We can compete with the larger box stores, too,” Jessica said. “A lot of people think that they’re going to get the best deals at Lowe’s or Home Depot. Cabinet Impressions can compete with their prices and have the design expertise to make sure all materials are accounted for. Missing pieces create delays in the job completion.” Customers of the Conant Street business will find that the company’s assistance does not end when the order is made. “We follow through from start to finish,” Jessica said. “The box stores are not very good at follow-through and making sure that they’re guaranteeing customer satisfaction at the end, where we stick with the customer until the project’s complete.” Being a part of the Maumee community is important to Cabinet Impressions, which hopes to let more members of the public see what it has to offer in the near future. Cabinet Impressions offers free design consultations and walk-ins are welcome. For more information, visit www.cabinetimpressions.com or call (419) 893-0014.