If you're ever in the market for a wood table with character, you'd be well-served to seek out the Midwest-made furniture at American Furnishings, a locally owned shop hiding in an industrial park out past Polaris mall.

If you're ever in the market for a wood table with character, you'd be well-served to seek out the Midwest-made furniture at American Furnishings, a locally owned shop hiding in an industrial park out past Polaris mall.

Or maybe you already know Betty, the crow that serves as the company's logo. Her likeness is prominently featured on many of the store's non-furniture items, including dishes, mugs and cowbells.

American Furnishings established itself in Grandview, where Dennis Blankemeyer and his wife, Denise, first opened it as a home decor store in 1995. They began producing their own furniture from Midwestern wood, and as the items became more and more popular, the business moved to a bigger shop in Polaris.

American Furnishings' commercial business has also grown - the company recently outfitted the new Eddie Bauer store at Easton.

The company has adopted a vintage-inspired industrial look that appeals to the tastes of individual customers as well as businesses, Dennis Blankemeyer said.

"Like, that could be used [to display] jeans, but it could also be used as a kitchen island," he said, pointing to a sturdy rolling table with an iron shelf underneath. "It could fit in a lot of places.

"Everyone is so much more eclectic these days," he continued. "Our parents had the sets of matching furniture for the family room, but now a house has just become an expression of your tastes."

Shoppers at the store are invited to pull up a stool at a counter covered in architecture and home decor picture books so they can explore those tastes.

And customers can put their taste to good use while exploring the store's assortment of oak tabletops on sawhorse legs, elegantly simple chairs, vintage lamps, serving dishes, hand-blown glass lampshades, and purses and totes made from Amy Butler fabric.