Neta and Larry Caples are getting ready to move on to the next stage in their lives. After operating Thee Amish Shoppe for eight years, they have decided to retire on Dec. 15. Neta feels divine intervention was responsible for their foray into the furniture business. She was employed in the telecommunications industry until she was laid off after 28 years. “I pretty much worked myself out of a job. I was the DSL Deployment Manager for Texas, and once all the DSL was deployed, I didn’t have a job anymore,” she said. Neta was not sure what to do next until she and Larry heard that Thee Amish Shoppe was for sale. “We just sent up a prayer and said, ‘God, if you want us to do this then the financing will go through,’ and it did,” Neta said. The Caples primarily take custom orders and work with more than 35 Amish builders in Northern Indiana to have the pieces built. “The Amish are exceptional builders; they pay attention to detail and care about what they do and try to put out an excellent product. The furniture is solid wood,” noted Neta. She explained that communicating with the Amish has been interesting. “They do have telephones. A good number of them are in the road right-of-way. It’s kind of like what a deer stand would be for us. They build a little booth and have their phone and fax machine right there on the side of the road,” said Neta. As for the future, Neta will continue her quilting business. “I’m a long-arm quilter. I take in quilt tops and load the backing and batting and complete the stitching pattern,” she said. Neta will also be teaching classes at the Quilt Room and will continue to teach first and second-grade Sunday school at Huffman First Baptist. Larry will continue to work part-time as a machinist. “Larry is going to be 63, and our furniture is not light-weight, and he’s our delivery guy,” said Neta. Larry was a machinist for 27 years prior to becoming a furniture salesman. The Caples do have a buyer interested in purchasing Thee Amish Shoppe, so the shop may continue to be open after Dec.15. Photo: Neta Caples works on a custom quilt with her long-arm quilting machine. Photo By Susan McFarland

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