Cynthia Bleskachek, The Funky Little Chair 

Cynthia has been doing upholstery professionally since 2001 – before that, she grew up making buttons and pulling staples in her mom’s home upholstery shop. Her journey has cultivated a deep love and appreciation for the character and quality of older furniture – in a market overwhelmed by disposable options, reupholstery provides a viable alternative. 

In 2016, Cynthia opened The Funky Little Chair in order to focus on education. She is passionate about bringing students and professionals together to explore upholstery. In 2018, The Funky Little Chair moved to a new home, inside Grahn’s Upholstery. Cynthia hopes this will provide new opportunities to develop online resources and offsite events to support professionals and students who can’t regularly travel to Minneapolis.

Lindsay Orwig, A Chick and a Chair Upholstery

Lindsay got self-started in upholstery when she kept finding amazing chairs at estate sales and thrift stores. She quickly realized that the old pieces she was bringing home were of better quality than the newer pieces she already owned. In an attempt to do these wonderful old pieces justice, she delved into the world of upholstery: watching dozens of videos, pouring over the internet, and checking out every upholstery book from the library. She learned a lot, but still had many questions. Upon discovering The Funky Little Chair, she jumped in with both feet. She now has a bustling home-based business, with clients booked months out.

Amy Otteson, Amy Oh Design

Amy is a former teacher an artist and now an upholsterer. She has been working in the field for five years and is enjoying every minute of it  – in addition to upholstery, Amy is a certified color consultant with a passion for design and bold fabric combinations. Amy is looking forward to working with you!

Sarah Sanna, Everafter Upholstery 

Sarah earned a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering in 1992 and went on to work for 3M and the spin-off, Imation, for almost 9 years. While working full time, she took night classes in upholstery at the Minneapolis Community and Technical College, following a passion for rescuing and restoring antique furniture.

Finding that the corporate life was not a good fit for her, Sarah started her upholstery business at home in 1999. She has since started a family and continues to work part time. Having an engineering background provides Sarah with a unique set of talents. She is a dedicated hard worker, committed to quality and precise craftsmanship, with an analytical and practical style in this creative outlet. She particularly enjoys working with antiques and has had the opportunity to reupholster several pieces for the Minnesota Historical Society’s Burwell House in Minnetonka.