Tipton-Based Company is Built on Tradition
Photographer / Jim Hunt
Dustin Smith, owner of Cabinetry 28 in Tipton, says cabinetry runs in his blood.
“My great-grandfather, Thory Shelton, was in the cabinetry business first,” Smith says. “He was a master carpenter from Kentucky, and the first person in my family to go to college. He went to Berea College in Kentucky, and I have his textbooks that were handed down to me. I keep them in my office.”
Smith’s grandfather, Readith Young, was also in the cabinetry business.
“There is a strong history of cabinetry in my family, and I love it,” Smith says. “I lived down the street from my grandfather when I was growing up, and I spent a lot of time with him. I picked up cabinetry from watching him and learning the business from him.”
Dustin Smith took his wealth of knowledge and made a career out of it, opening his own store, Cabinetry 28, in 2019.
“My team and I have been doing bathroom and kitchen remodels for the last 10 years,” Smith says. “There is a lot of new home construction these days, and that has kept us very busy. We tell people that we can build cabinetry from scratch. We use really nice wood for our work.”
Smith says Cabinetry 28 has grown due to repeat business.
“Half of our business is referrals,” Smith says. “I think the home building industry is doing very well right now. There is really a lot of home remodeling going on too, and that’s been nice to see in this economy.”
Smith and his team strive to make all of their customers happy.
“We make sure people know that we are reliable, and do a wide range of projects,” Smith says. “We can do electrical work. We do woodworking, bathroom fixture mounting, and a wide range of home projects.”
Smith says he and his team work hard to improve the look of bathrooms, kitchens and other home areas.
“We are continually inspired to make rooms look better,” he says. “The highest compliment we can get are referrals from our loyal customers, who want us to come back and do another room in their house.”
Smith and his wife Jen moved to Indiana two years ago from Cincinnati, where he had a remodeling business.
“Jen has family here in Tipton, so we bought a farmhouse and we love it here,” Smith says. “Jen’s uncle told me there was also a lot of cabinetry work in Hamilton County, and he was right.”
One day Smith was driving through Tipton to see what some of the shops were like, and heard about a great location to launch his own business.
“I was in Urban Homestead, and Owner Kindra Tragesser told me that a spot opened up next door to her business,” Smith says. “It was perfect, and exactly what I was looking for.”
Smith has been continually encouraged by positive feedback about his business.
“We have seen some of our cabinetry become very popular,” he says. “Our white shaker is our most popular cabinetry so far. It goes with anything, and we have received a lot of orders for it. White shaker cabinets look great, and really make a room look better.”
When Smith isn’t busy working, he and Jen enjoy spending time with their children, Estella and Emilia.
“Tipton really is a great place to live and have a family,” Smith says.
Cabinetry 28 is located at 112 East Jefferson Street in Tipton. For more info, call 765-389-3586 or visit cabinetry28.com.