Artist at work: Details made all the difference for upholstery business
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Artist at work: Details made all the difference for upholstery business

Lori and Mark Madonna met on a blind date in high school. Mark was shy, so friends set them up. But unlike most teen romances, this one worked. Apparently luck was on Mark’s side because about that same time, he landed a $3 an hour job in his neighbor’s Riverside garage, where he began learning the basics of upholstery. He discovered he had a knack for it, and soon he was asked to reupholster a neighbor’s chairs, then his high school teacher’s bucket seats. But the ultimate test came when his brother hired him to do his cherished Mustang. He passed. This early experience led to a string of related jobs, including working in a vinyl repair shop and refurbishing street hot rod cars. But it wasn’t until Mark’s custom craftsmanship appeared in the centerfold of a hot rod magazine that people really began taking notice. He landed a job as manager of an upholstery shop, where he was finally able to make a living wage. But by the mid-80s, Lori and Mark were eager to get out of Southern California and raise a family in the Sierra foothills. In 1985, they moved north, where Mark opened his first […]

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