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Restoration shop settles into Omak

— Nearly a year after purchasing the building at 602 Omak Ave., a local family has finally gotten its restoration and upholstery business up and running.

Burley Bros. Restoration has been a project in the making since Kevin Burley and Larry Burley bought the building in November 2012.

“It’s taken us quite a while,” Kevin Burley said, pointing out that the building was in serious disrepair when they took over ownership. He said they still haven’t been able to do as much as they want in terms of replacing glass and refurbishing the exterior, but the shop is fully operational now.

The business does full auto restorations, but specializes in upholstery.

Kevin Burley, 50, called his older brother, Larry, a “guru” when it comes to upholstery.

Larry Burley, 52, has owned several upholstery businesses in Florida and Texas over the past 20-plus years, his brother said.

They are third-generation upholsterers, having learned the business from their father, who learned it from his father, Kevin Burley said.

“Our quality of work speaks for itself,” he said. “I’m confident of that.”

They can do all types of upholstery, ranging from minor work to completely reconstructing seats that have been destroyed or with non-existent foam padding. Projects vary from couches and chairs to automotive and all-terrain vehicle seats and convertible tops.

“You imagine it and we can do it. The only thing we shy away from is airplanes,” Kevin Burley said, pointing out different regulations for aircraft.

The building previously housed an Italian restaurant and a second-hand store.

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