Early’s Carpet and Flooring adds room to grow

Amissville institution is still a family affair

Owner Lorraine Early and her daughter (and company manager) Sonja Betts. By Jeff Say/Culpeper Times

Entering their 51st year of serving the community, Early’s Carpet and Flooring is still growing.

The longtime Amissville flooring company recently finished a 1,184 square foot addition to the business, adding four offices for much-needed administrative space.

“It’s so we can have more room for the customers to sit down while we write up their contracts,” owner Lorraine Early said. “It’s going to be a lot more space.”

Early’s used to have a room upstairs for sewing and upholstery but that has become room for storage. This addition will take the office space out of the showroom and add back in a kitchenette that was taken out in 2013 when they put in a handicap bathroom.

The new offices will include the kitchenette, a board training room for employees and offices for Lorraine, the installation manager Solon Betts – her son-in-law and an office for their water restoration manager Tori Braley.

“Other than when we need to be in the warehouse cutting up something, we will be training on the computers in here,” Early said.

Early’s employs between 15-22 employees depending on the season, with the water restoration side of the company quickly growing.

“Five or six years ago we went into the water restoration part,” Early said. “When people have bursting pipes, flooding or backups we are on call 24-7 for that. That’s where my grandson, Ted Robson, is head technician.”

It’s always been a family affair at Early’s, as Lorraine and her husband John opened the business in 1966, and that now includes seven family members. Her daughter Sonja Betts is the manager while Solon does the installation, just like John and Lorraine used to.

“I took care of the sales end and he took care of the installation end, it’s kind of the way it still is,” Early said.

The new addition showcases products Early’s sells, including a stunning wood, plastic composite flooring. Flooring isn’t just for floors anymore, though, as some of the same product is used as an accent wall in Sonja’s office.

“We have always used our showroom to showcase our products,” Early said.

Early’s will be offering sales throughout the month of October, including specials on Mohawk and Karastan.