Ross and Trivonna Irwin aren’t your garden-variety cabinet designers.
For one thing, both are late blooming entrepreneurs. Ross was 59 and Trivonna was 56 when they founded Cabinets by Trivonna, a Lacey, Washington-based business that custom designs kitchens for homeowners and contractors in the state of Washington and Northern Oregon.
They opened in 2007, which turned out to be the start of a recession. While many housing-related businesses folded, Cabinets by Trivonna managed to survive.
“We made it through by not just putting our customers first, but by truly getting to know them and their families and designing a product truly meant to fit their needs,” says Ross in this news release.
Today, Cabinets by Trivonna employs four full-time designers and refers all their construction work out to other local contractors, creating more local work and profit. Their commitment to supporting the local business community is one reason why they received the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 2018 Seattle District Encore Entrepreneur of the Year award this spring.
Cabinets by Trivonna abides by four core values: “integrity,” “respect for others,” “teachable spirit” and “team player.” The company’s mission is to “create nurturing environments for our customers with carefully thought-through designs that are planned around the lifestyle of the family.”
In this article, Trivonna explains how her life experience contributes to her ability to help her customers.
“I’ve gone from not knowing how to cook when we first got married to having kids (under foot, or learning to help) to being empty nesters,” she says. “I understand all those phases.”
Here’s a video that tells more about Cabinets by Trivonna’s philosophy and services.