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A return to the ‘new normal’

Posted by: Richard Abbey
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Like many local independent businesses, David J Martin, designers and makers of bespoke furniture, has had to adjust and adapt its approach – but is raring to go.

After opening his showroom doors for the first time in ten weeks, David J Martin reflects on a ‘strange’ time that started off in the worst possible circumstances.


“When lockdown started, I was 99 per cent sure I had Covid-19,” recalls David. “I didn’t have a cough but a raging temperature and no sense of smell and was so, so tired. Every time I got up and thought I was ok I had to sit back down again. It was awful.”

Thankfully, David made a speedy recovery but had already made the decision to close his Walkley business to customers and staff, who were put on furlough. As restrictions were gradually eased, he made the choice to bring everybody back on 1 June.

“It was the best thing to do,” adds David. “It was unfair not to bring everyone back. We tried to return earlier but it’s been hard to get materials, thankfully things have started to improve.”

Having been established for 40 years, David J Martin’s select team of craftsmen specialise in high quality, purpose-made joinery. The workshop and showroom at the top of Springvale Road are now open, although customers wanting to pay them a visit will need to make an appointment. The installation team have already started fitting kitchens that were originally scheduled during the lockdown period and enquiries are already starting to build-up – although not all for kitchens.

“With more people working from home, we’ve had lots of enquiries for home offices and media centres as well as entertainment bars,” says David. “Whatever you’ve got in mind, come and speak to us or visit our website.”

The lockdown period provided plenty of reflection time for David who spent his time walking and mountain biking as well as ‘Zoom-ing’ with family.

“It was difficult not seeing my son or grandkids but my daughter, who’s a paediatric nurse, lives with us so it’s been nice having that quality time together. Hopefully we’ll get back to a ‘new normal’ soon.”

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