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With 35 years in business, Thurston Kitchen + Bath and Discount Cabinets & Appliances is the expert source for design and appliances in the Vail Valley.

At Thurston Kitchen + Bath, owner Mac McDonald sets the vision for the company’s success, and for many years he has relied on the local knowledge, expertise and professionalism of Bob Bozynski, Ken Jones, and Robert Zeltman in the Vail Valley. McDonald explains, “Great design is the result of reflecting your unique preferences and personality while leveraging the experience of our exceptional design team.”

There is no doubt that the whole Thurston team is invaluable, but today we get a glimpse at three of the very best specialists. Between the three, Bob, Ken and Robert have amassed an amazing 59 years of experience in the industry, and it is evident in their work. “What makes them special is that they bring a personal touch to their experience with their clients,” says Mac McDonald. “Customers who are fortunate to work with them will positively experience that the process is centered on them while having access to unsurpassed design, knowledge, and adept advice.”

“Our model is that each showroom is a small business and provides service in a very personal, responsible manner like a small business, but we have big buying power because of the combination of our locations,” explains Mac. “This means we are able to pass through savings to our customers and we are able to represent many, many lines of cabinetry and appliances.”

True to this vision, the experience is personal and attentive. The cabinetry and appliance brand names range from the expected tried and true to handmade custom high-end lines. Kitchens of Colorado’s website ( is one of the few indications of the company’s breadth and scope, as it is an umbrella website for all the stores.

Mark Schmidt, Thurston’s vice president, sees the Thurston designers similar to travel agents. “In this journey, clients want someone with a long career and expertise who will get them where they want to go. If a designer has made the journey before, or many times before, clients can have confidence their journey will be successful. Once the process of creating your new kitchen or bath begins, you will appreciate the great communication we maintain with you before, during and after its completion. Watching your project come to life will be a pleasure, because the journey is just as important as the destination.”

Since 1988, Bob Bozynski has been providing clients with appliance solutions that are unmatched in the industry. Through the years, Bob has established relationships and built a reputation that has given his clients peace of mind and the understanding that when they hire him, he will do the right thing every time—they can trust his advice. Bob provides clients with insider knowledge to the appliance world. He knows where to get the best for the buck along with the best quality services.

Ken Jones joined Thurston Kitchen + Bath in 1989, and what differentiates his work from others is having complete understanding of his business through trial and error and gaining trust with his clients. He explains, “It sounds funny to think that to fail is to succeed. But the more you fail, the more experience you have, and in turn the more you will succeed.” Builders choose to work with Ken because they know that their project will be made simpler because of him. More than anything else, Ken understands that his work is personal and requires a personal touch.

He gains trust by sharing his expert opinions and having an understanding of his clients in his business so that he can work through the project on the same level. He designs kitchens “because it’s the most important room in the house for me. There is a different energy level that never wanes in a kitchen, and that doesn’t compare to any other room,” Ken explains. “It’s where we all socialize, where we all want to be, and where we keep coming back to.”

Complemented by 15 years of prior construction experience, Robert Zeltman has 12 years of experience designing kitchens, baths, and all other areas of the home. Before turning his professional focus to kitchen design, Robert supervised the construction of high-end homes in the Vail Valley where he was privileged to work with some of the most creative architects and interior designers in the industry. He places special emphasis on exploring clients’ dreams for their new kitchen or bath. He listens to their desires while helping evaluate their likes and dislikes, and making recommendations about design, finishes and appliance selection. Robert’s goal with every project is to exceed client expectations.

Thurston’s professionals go beyond the sales. In a world where the American consumer continues to be hit with a barrage of messaging that appears to be created by the popular AMC character Don Draper of Mad Men, where can the consumer go to for the best advice? While it may be extremely difficult to separate truth from clever marketing efforts, fortunately for the Vail Valley, the team at Thurston Kitchen + Bath and Discount Cabinet and Appliance are authorities. They can be trusted for cabinet design and appliance purchases. Come visit Bob, Ken and Robert at the showrooms in Eagle Vail on Highway 6, for your next design and appliance project.

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