Every day is a struggle for Laura Vollmer. A widowed furniture crafter and farmer, Vollmer moves mountains to keep her furniture store “Never the Same” and her farm standing at the end of each day in an ever-changing small town economy. As the 62-year-old matriarch of her family, she puts in 12-14 hour days and wears as many hats as can fit on her head - mother, grandmother, business owner, and farmer.
Laura Vollmer begins the day at her furniture and craft shop "Never the same"
One of Laura Vollmer's daily rituals is to put out her American flags on Main Street, Its a sign of pride and also to inform anyone driving by she is open for business.
Laura an untrained but skilled furniture maker consults with some customers to create one of her signature one of a kind cabinets in which she repurposes an old door to create her final vision.
Laura attempts to get some work done at her shop "Never The Same" while babysitting her great grandchild Saphira while her grand daughter runs errands.
While babysitting her great-granddaughter Saphira, Laura finds a ballon to keep the two-year-old entertained in an operating furniture store and workshop.
Laura sorts through belongings on the second floor of her shop "Never The Same" that she says she will turn into an apartment one day and be her place to get away from it all when she needs a break.
Laura puts the finishing touches on a chest she crafted
Laura visits her ailing best friend and who is also shop owner Suzy at her shop Tulle's
Laura takes a moment from her chaotic day to visit the grave of her late husband Robert Vollmer
A high school photo of Robert Vollmer
Laura's deceased husband Robert Vollmer's truck sits under what was his favorite walnut tree on the farm where he and she raised their family
Laura stacks Bales of hay into the night with her son-in-law Zack and her granddaughter Charlie after having already worked a ten-hour day at her furniture store
Laura stacks Bales of hay into the night after having already worked a ten-hour day at her furniture store
Laura never really has a moment alone when she is at home grandchildren and great-grandchildren are always being dropped off for her to care for.
Laura looks out the window onto her farm drinking her traditional morning cup of milk just like she did every morning with her husband Robert as she begins another day.