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Ed Lillis


Welcome to North Country Kitchens. My wife, JoAnne, and I started North Country Kitchens 10 years ago. I have always been involved in the construction business. I worked for a few years as an electrician and then for a number of years in the modular home business.

Along with a couple of partners, we then started a door and millwork company. After a few years, I started the cabinet business within that company. The more I worked with designing and installing cabinets, the more I found it to be a very challenging as well as a very interesting area of the construction business.

I have always wanted to own my own business and therefore started North Country Kitchens. Not only is Detroit Lakes my hometown but this area did not have a cabinet business when I started out so I decided it would be a good location.

The cabinet business does not relate only to kitchens but we also do bathrooms, offices, entertainment centers, bookcases, fireplaces, etc.

Whether or not you are in the need of cabinets at this time, stop in and visit our showroom and browse through the pictures of some of the many jobs we have completed. I am very proud of all of it.


Raymond Lyman


Iíve been working in the cabinet industry since 1998. I started out doing cabinet making and installation. More recently I am more involved with kitchen design and sales. I believe it is important to listen to the clientís needs and wants. Then use that information to create their dream kitchen by focusing in on their style preference, function requirements, and their budget. I believe a kitchen should be user friendly and functional. I prefer clean designs through the use of symmetry.


Gloria Bratlien


Hi, Iím Gloria Bratlien, kitchen and bath designer at North Country Kitchens. My interests have always been in interior design. In 1992 I enrolled at Alexandria Tech Ė 2 year course in Interior Design. My last quarter was kitchen design and I loved it. I enjoy organizing space, and creating floor plans that function properly. I also enjoy working with wood and coordinating colors. I think it is important to choose appliances, countertops, and hardware that pull the kitchen together to make it look great.

When working with clients, I pay attention to their wants and dislikes, to make the space their very own. Itís all in the details, helping you pick out the proper color that works for you. Some people know what they like, but don't always know how to put it together. Thatís what I can do for you. Also I can put your plans on the computer and you can see pictures of your kitchen before we order anything. So come in and see me!

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