Michael Rupp began in the hearth industry in 1975 as a chimney sweep and opened a retail store, Countryside Stove and Chimney, Inc. in 1979. After several years of successful retailing, he and his wife, Lois, had the opportunity to become the New York Distributor for Travis Industries, a stove manufacturer based out of Washington. As a result, Empire Distributing was formed in 1988.
It was from these gatherings that the idea for creating and offering a fashionable, functional and durable line of outdoor furniture was born. Fire tables, the centerpiece of the Emilyrose Collection, marry the family’s long standing relationship with the warmth and ambiance of the hearth with the comfort and practicality of tables and chairs for outdoor entertaining and relaxation.