Forever Friends Dollhouses and Miniatures is located in Olney, Maryland, in a residential section of the Maryland suburbs, a short drive from Baltimore, Columbia, Frederick, Annapolis, Washington, DC and Northern Virginia. We do all of the building, painting, and installing electricity in our shop. Over the past 28 years we have grown from just building houses and doing shows to being a fully stocked shop. We also repair and restore older dollhouses.
In the early 1990's we were working fulltime, raising our 2 boys, and doing local dollhouse and miniatures shows. We knew that many of the shops in our area had closed because of the high cost of rent and overhead in the Washington, DC area. In 1991 we moved into a larger home and decided to set up shop in part of our lower level. The ping pong table was covered with dollhouses and when our older son got married; his room was quickly taken over by wallpaper, flooring, lighting, building, and electrical supplies. Forever Friends now takes up the entire lower level of the house and more often then not our living room and dining room are occupied by dollhouses in various stages of progress. Little by little what was once Ron's workshop was taken over by merchandise and a checkout counter. Ron has moved his workshop into one half of our garage. Customers are greeted at the door by our 7 pound "miniature" Shih Tzu named Sasha. She follows any customer who will give her extra attention in the shop, then runs up the stairs when she hears the doorbell ring to see who will pet or pick her up next. Many of the children visiting the shop spend more time playing with Sasha than looking at miniatures.
In 2004 Ruth retired from her fulltime job and began opening during the week. We began to have more frequent open houses and extended them to four days. Now we are both retired and find ourselves spending most of our spare time in the shop. We do not have regular hours but most days and weekends we are open from 10 am to 4 pm. Consequently, we have customers stopping by every day of the week. We suggest you call first to make sure we are in the shop.
If you want individual attention, Forever Friends is the shop for you. Ruth loves working with customers to pick out items to complete their dollhouses and other miniature projects, trying different combinations of wallpaper, flooring, draperies, electrical fixtures, lamps and, of course, the perfect pieces of furniture and accessories to bring it all together.
Ron is known for his ability to "troubleshoot" problems in customer's electrical systems and by explaining the basics of electrifying miniature projects has helped many people get started electrifying their own houses and other miniatures.
One of the benefits of having a shop is that we travel to trade shows in the U.S. and abroad. We buy from handcrafters and manufacturers from around the world. No trip is complete without a long list of special items customers are hopeing we can find for them as their "Personal Miniature Shopper."
Being in the dollhouse and miniatures business has given us an opportunity to spend time together enjoying a hobby and business that has become part of our daily life. We take great pride in our ability to provide quality 1" miniatures at reasonable prices for both the beginner and the seasoned collector.
We have always found that miniaturists are great people who love to show pictures and talk about their houses and other miniature projects. We are always happy to show off our own special collection of dollhouses and miniatures.
Please call or stop by Forever Friends Dollhouses and Miniatures whenever you are in the area.
Ruth and Ron Dubois
Membership: Forever Friends is a supporting member of CIMTA (Cottage Industry Miniaturists Association)