Matthews – Mint Hill Weekly
MATTHEWS – One local couple recently came out on top in a nation- wide franchise competition.
Tom and Debi Taube, owners of a Matthews-based franchise of Kitchen Tune-Up, were thrilled when their peers voted one of their professional kitchen-remodel projects as Kitchen Tune-Up’s Project of the Year.
“That was pretty cool,” Tom Taube said. “A lot of the awards you win don’t have a lot of franchise owners involved.”
Tom and Debi Taube received recognition and were awarded an all-expensespaid cruise at Kitchen Tune- Up’s annual convention on Jan. 14 in Las Vegas.
“Our system chooses the best kitchen makeover project of the year, and Tom and Debi do excellent work,” Heidi Morrissey, vice president of marketing and sales for Kitchen Tune-Up, said in a news release.
Franchise peers select the Project of the Year by voting from a pool of contestants chosen as Project of the Month during 2014, said Sarah Eisenbeisz, marketing director at Kitchen Tune-Up.
Eisenbeisz said the winning criteria are “most dramatic change,” “unique features” and “workmanship.” She said the Taubes’ project stood out because of “the unique design, the way they reconfigured the space and the island was changed; the overall functionality combined with a clean, modern look.”
The winning project was a remodeled kitchen in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Tom Taube said the kitchen had outdated oak cabinets, a small island and a low ceiling. His team recon- figured, designed and installed dark cherry cabinets, raised the ceiling and installed a larger island with storage and seating. They also installed granite counter tops.
The client sent a testimonial to Kitchen Tune-Up’s corporate office, complimenting the Taubes’ work and calling them “a fantastic group to work with – they were very accommodating and professional.”
Tom and Debi Taube have remodeled kitchens and bathrooms through their Kitchen Tune-Up franchise for nine years. The Mint Hill couple was honored in 2007 as Kitchen Tune- Up’s Rookie of the Year, and they were named Franchise of the Year in 2012.
Debi Taube said she never imagined owning a remodeling company, but Tom Taube, who has a background in engineering, said it aligned with his passions. Both said after tack- ling home renovations together, they became interested in rehabbing.
The family business has grown over the years, including their sons and extended family members in various jobs and roles. Tom and Debi Taube now mostly manage the business and employ a team of workers to complete the renovations.
The Taubes’ business encompasses ground-to-ceiling work on bathroom and kitchen renovations. They do everything from custom cabinetry to cabinet refinishing, tiles, back splash, installation of appliances, counter- tops, islands, wall demos, complete rehabs and more.
Debi Taube said she has the “decorating bug” and loves being a part of the process, seeing the results and how they affect the customers.
“It’s individual attention. It’s really rewarding. It’s personal,” Tom Taube added.
The Taubes take pride in being a local family-owned business that only uses products made in America. Tom Taube said they base their business on “trust” and “integrity.”
“We want the customer happy at the job,” he said. “We have the same goal – if anything bothers you, just let us know. We aren’t argumentative, and we will make sure they’re happy.”
The Taubes own the only Kitchen Tune-Up franchise in the greater Charlotte area. They work within a 50-mile radius of Charlotte in North and South Carolina. The Taubes also have a showroom in Matthews at 1323 Matthews-Mint Hill Road.
Find more information at http://www.kitchentuneup-charlotte.com/tune upyourcabinets.