By now, we're sure you may have noticed that our logo has changed a little. We've added a little something to it in order to pay tribute to our parent store. It is our foundation. It's who we are. It's who we have always been. It's CJ's Home Décor.
Many of our customers are familiar with this name (or the longer version, CJ's Home Décor and Fireplaces, LLC). It appears on their invoices, receipts, and various other communication that they receive from us. Fireside Expressions operates under the direction of CJ's. We are the outdoor living line of our home décor family. Let us give you a little background about CJ's and how we came to be.
ABOUT US (CJ's Home Décor & Fireside Expressions)
Without our founder, Chris, Fireside Expressions would not be what it is today! His 30 plus years of substantial experience in the fire industry has paved the way to owning a business that is dedicated to offering premier products and sensational customer service! With thousands of satisfied customers and a name well-known and trusted among so many contractors, Chris deserves a special spotlight on his amazing story!
Chris grew up in palatial Kusnacht, Switzerland, a quaint town nestled at the base of the Swiss Alps along pristine Lake Zurich. He often helped collect fire wood for the family’s only heat source, a 1950s Kachelofen tile wood stove. In the 1970s, Chris became a machine apprentice, learning to fabricate mechanical parts from scratch. Within 11 years, he was laying the foundation for his fireplace business!
Ruegg Cheminee, a leading fireplace manufacturer in Switzerland, wisely added Chris to their company as a CAD designer in 1989. He explored other realms of the fireplace industry, creating and testing stoves and fireplaces to assess their quality, safety, and efficiency. By 1996, Ruegg expanded to Somerville, NJ, and chartered the name Ruegg Fireplaces, Inc. Eager for a new adventure with promising opportunities, Chris bravely came to the United States with the company. He quickly learned a few things right off the bat: the English language, American fireplace engineering, and exceptional customer service. It wasn't long before people realized that Chris had an effortless knack for installing new fire features and safely modernizing old heat sources.
Things happened very fast by the end of the 1990s. Chris had met and married his lovely wife, Judy, when he learned the company that had brought him to this chapter in his life was heading back to Europe. A choice had to be made…stay in America, or go back to Switzerland. Perhaps his loyal customers and friends helped Chris make that difficult decision. Call after call came in, needing Chris and Judy to help with heat renovations and so much more. Before they knew it, the $200 they had invested into “just helping” people had turned into a successful, blossoming business that Chris and Judy proudly named CJ’s! Shortly after the year 2000, FireplaceEnclosures.com and an 1800 square foot space were allowing them to create and market fireplaces and accessories. However, with so much of their time spent traveling between New Jersey and Warren, Pennsylvania (where family resided), another decision had to be made.
By 2005, Chris and Judy had a permanent home for their business at 21701 Route 6 in Warren, PA! The building soon boasted a 2000+ square foot showroom, as well as a courtyard area for customers to view their outdoor line which has become the heart and soul of Fireside Expressions. To date, we have proudly partnered with many well-known American manufacturers to bring you only the highest quality outdoor fire features and accessories that our country has to offer!
With over 30 years of knowledge and experience combined, our founder and group of local employees are an elite team of dedicated professionals who put you, our valued customer, first! We will only offer American-made, superior products from trusted wholesalers and manufacturers. Our vast collection of outdoor fire features, ignition systems, fire glass, fire pit ring kits, and even safety screens and protective covers will outfit your needs in every way you can imagine! Here at Fireside Expressions, we are concerned about your opinions, specifications, and safety. We'll handle your project with care and enthusiasm! Allow us to spark some ideas and help you accomplish your outdoor design. (By the way - we love getting before and after pictures from our happy customers!)
While our logo may have changed to reflect our origin, we are still Fireside Expressions! Please check us out online and remember to like us on social media! Thank you for your continued patronage!Check out CJ's Family Of Stores! Fireplace Doors Online * Fast Replacement Glass * CJ's Log Mantels