Starting as a
small custom cabinet shop on Long Island in 1948, Topping & Co. has grown to be one of the largest area rug
dealers in the Rochester Area. Always a family business, dedicated to product knowledge and customer service,
Bill Sr., Pauline, all three children, Bill Jr., Deborah, and Valerie participated in the business.
Rochester in the early 60's, Bill Topping Sr. opened Furn-i-craft, an unfinished furniture store specializing in
high quality ready to finish furniture, located on Dewey Avenue in Greece, NY.
we opened Clocks and Candles on Ridge Rd. West - a gift store specializing in unique gifts (mostly waxy ones),
decorative accessories, and clocks. In fact they were the first specialty clock store in the Rochester
Next was the
"Clock Shop and Emporium" on Schoen Place in Pittsford.
need to consolidate all three stores, we moved to yet another Ridge Rd. location using the Topping & Co.
name. There, in addition to clocks, we sold various reproduction furniture and became the pre-eminent Leather
Furniture dealer. In fact we were the first leather furniture specialist in Upstate New York.
It was at this
time that the rug department grew to one of the largest selections of area rugs in Upstate New York, and without
question the largest display of braided rugs available anywhere.
In 1993 we had
an option to relocate, still on Ridge Road, but now in Brockport (Clarkson) where, in addition to leather,
clocks and gifts, we became a Yield House franchise dealer.
The death of
two of the family members in 2000 and 2005 put activity on hold, but Bill Sr. and Bill Jr. are now back in
business - Bill Sr. doing clock repairs and Bill Jr. "running" the store.