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Kelly Zamonski

Kitchen Designer and Owner

Kelly has been with The Kitchen Place since 1984, soon after her parents founded the company.

For years, before the age of computers, Kelly put her commercial art degree to good use by hand drawing kitchen perspectives in ink. In the late 1980's, computerized design became standard in the industry. Kelly jumped into sales and design and has been doing it ever since.

Her work has been seen in several national kitchen and bath design magazines as well as issues of Dayton's HOUSETRENDS magazine.


Tom Detty

Kitchen Designer and Owner

Like every other young man in his twenties, Tom was looking for his niche in life...a career. When the founder of The Kitchen Place, Alec Osvath, required major heart surgery, Tom Detty stepped up to the plate to help out. That was over 25 years ago. Since then, Tom has been serving builders and homeowners with his kitchen expertise.

Tom Detty

Our History

  • June 1, 1960

    Manitoba - Where It All Started

    This is where our story begins - in a sleepy farming town called Gladstone, Manitoba (Canada). Founders, Alec Osvath and Betty Carefoot met at a town dance and began their courtship.  

  • September 1, 1961

    Betty Was a Teacher

    Betty was a school teacher for a one-room schoolhouse. Here she is teaching her students how to write cursive.

  • June 1, 1961

    Alec Was a Farmer

    Alec managed the family farm, growing and harvesting wheat, until his late 20's. The son of Hungarian immigrants, Alec was born with a pioneer spirit and dreamed of moving to the states and becoming an American citizen.

  • September 9, 1961

    Alec and Betty Got Engaged!

    A long-time bachelor, Alec realized he'd found his dream girl. He proposed to Betty.

  • July 14, 1962

    Alec and Betty Got Married!

    Alec married the love of his life on a perfect day in July 1962. They quickly settled into married life planning their next move - to the United States.

  • January 1, 1963

    Moved to the United States

    Alec and Betty immigrated to the United States. They became naturalized citizens in 1970.

  • June 12, 1964

    Alec and Betty Had a Family

    Alec and Betty's first daughter, Karla, was born in the summer of 1963. Baby sister, Kelly, was born less than a year after Karla in 1964.

  • January 2, 1967

    Alec Joined the Peter Kuntz Lumber Company

    Alec Osvath joined the PK Lumber Company in the mid-60s as a kitchen salesman. Alec was a star performer, selling cabinets to homeowners and contractors alike. He loved his new profession and it would become his destiny in the years to come!

  • March 3, 1967

    Kitchens Are in Our DNA

    Here's a photo of Karla sitting on top of a kitchen display from one of the first kitchen showrooms that Alec worked in.

  • October 4, 1970

    Alec Built a Cabinet Warehouse

    Alec and Betty built a warehouse to stock kitchen and bath cabinets for his sister, who was also in the kitchen design business.

  • June 1, 1980

    Betty Designed Kitchens, Too

    With her two daughters in high school, Betty re-entered the workforce. After years of watching (and helping) Alec design kitchens, she took a job with a small cabinet outlet shop east of Xenia.

  • September 1, 1983

    Open for Business

    After years of working for other design firms, Alec and Betty Osvath opened The Kitchen Place in 1983. They had finally realized their dream of owning their own business!

  • June 15, 1984

    Osvath Girls Joined the Company

    In 1984, daughters, Karla and Kelly, joined the company while attending college. Karla designed kitchens, while Kelly created hand-drawn 3D kitchen illustrations.

  • January 1, 1985

    Russ and Steve Installed Kitchens

    Our amazing install crew, Steve Belickis and Russ Charlton, partnered with us to manage the remodeling process for kitchen and bath projects. They're known for meticulous attention to detail. Russ left in 2015, but Steve is still installing kitchens to this day.

  • June 15, 1986

    Tom Detty Joined The Kitchen Place

    Tom Detty joined the team in 1986 as a designer. Tom stepped in to help during a critical time when Alec underwent quadruple heart bypass surgery.

  • May 15, 1987

    Our First Dayton Home Show

    Betty, Kelly, Karla, Tom, and Alec participate in their first Dayton Home Show at the Dayton Convention Center.

  • August 1, 1992

    Karla Designed Websites, Not Kitchens

    After nearly 10 years with The Kitchen Place, Karla moved to Chicago to begin a new chapter in her life and pursue a career in web design and online marketing. (L-R: Karla Osvath Shelton, installer Steve Belickis, and Doug Bennett from Shurform Laminates)

  • March 1, 2000

    The Kitchen Place Expanded

    Work was beginning on our new warehouse so we could double our showroom and office space.

  • May 10, 2001

    Tragedy Struck

    In 1994, Betty became ill and only worked occasionally. Then, in 2000, tragedy struck. Alec died of a heart attack. Betty passed away five months later from a terminal illness. Tom and Kelly kept the business going and became the new owners in 2001.

  • October 9, 2019

    Present Day

    The Kitchen Place has been in business almost four decades now. Tom, Kelly, and Justin have seen trends go from white goose decor and pickled cabinets in the 1980's to Tuscan glazed maple and high ornate wooden moldings in the 1990's to the start of simpler styles such as cherry Shaker cabinets and Uba Tuba granite in the early 2000's. We invite you to visit our showroom where you can see all the possibilities.

    Now, the trends lean to transitional, vintage with a twist of modern, and shaker white farmhouse with contrasting islands. No matter the trends and style, Tom, Kelly, and Justin are here to create a kitchen just for you.

  • October 11, 2019

    We Hope You're Proud

    Alec and Betty, we hope you're proud of us. We've worked hard through the years to carry on the legacy you've left behind. We miss you very much.

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