Why We Are Named Yale Appliance and Lighting

Steve Sheinkopf  |  June 11, 2018  |  3 Min. Read

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First, congratulations to Yale University Men’s Lacrosse 2018 National Division 1 Champs.

You wouldn’t think an Ivy League school would be this good in such a tough sport. However, in 2013, they actually won the Frozen Four College Hockey tournament surviving two overtime games and beating the number 1 seed 4-0 in the final.

Many people have asked the origin of our name. It is, in fact, named after Yale University.

Like most family-owned companies, ours was founded by immigrants in 1923. Back then, they would sometimes name their businesses after prominent academic institutions.

Why?

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Victory Dinner, South Brookline Community Center, June 1st, 1949

Well, some did so for the prestige and perceived stability. Others did to compensate for their lack of formal education. Then again, some could have just thought it was ironic and kind of funny. 

Education in many of these cultures was important. They were probably self-conscious of having very little formal schooling.

My Grandfather and my best friend's Great Grandfather purchased Yale sometime in the 1930's or 1940's, which we didn't know until recently.

Shortly thereafter, my Grandfather would become sole owner as his partner left to start his own electrical supply company.

My uncle and Dad moved from Canal St. in Boston to an old deserted building off the expressway in Dorchester in 1984. Back then, this part of town was not as hot and new with thriving businesses. 

Although I have always loved this part of town, it was kind of tough to say the least, as most inner cities were.

Anyway, we were known as Yale Electric until my cousins and uncle moved the electrical supply division of the company to Canton in 2003.

The "Appliance + Lighting" division was re-branded as Yale Appliance + Lighting to reflect what we sell.

In 2015, we added our Framingham showroom.

So after almost 95 years, we still have a special kinship to the "first" Yale down in New Haven and, of course, all the people who have walked through our doors ever since.

 

Thank you,

Steve

 

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Steve Sheinkopf

My goal has always been simple: I want Yale to be the best retail experience anywhere. I have tried to create a compelling environment for customers and employees alike.

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