Cleveland's Upholstery was started by Jim and Audrey Cleveland in 1951. Audrey worked in a furniture factory laminating and refinishing wood, while Jim was away in the Navy. After his return to Southern California, they moved to Orland California. There was a need for dining room tables to be refinished, so while Audrey was doing the wood work, Jim began teaching himself to upholster the seats. This was the beginning of the business. The Cleveland's raised their two sons, Clyde and Dennis, in the business, but it was their daughter Doris who eventually took over the company.
The business went on the road for 10 years utilizing a mobile shop. Work was completed in every state in the Continental United States. While on the road, upholstery was completed in restaurants ranging from Toosies Orchade Lounge in Nashville, to the Purple Onion (a chain in the south). Truck seats and Sun-Screens were a big success with Good Sam, Escapee’s and Family Motor Coach Rallies. Here, Class A, Motor homes and Wheel Shades were completed including many custom items.
mobile shop came back to the home shop in 1985. Audrey retired within a
year. Doris's Son, Jesse, became a
partner and worked in the business for the next 15 years until he moved to
Missouri in 2009.
“I have learned every aspect of the job and love it all. From stripping the furniture to the final tack or staple. I love to take it from old and worn out to fresh, fabulous and comfortable. From plain, to a show piece.”
“Having worked in a small town in good times and bad, I know how to cut corners and save you money... I do a top end job at a fair price!”
“I will let you help if you want to help, or I will do it all. I can refer you to an interior designer, or I can give you my opinion as well. I can help you with the decorating basics.”
“I am here to serve you the best I can. If there is something I can’t do, I will refer you to someone that can!”
Thank you,-Doris Vickers