Our Approach

From antique to modern furniture, medical equipment to restaurant booths, our experienced team can recreate existing furniture, find or build frames, and produce any soft good from throw pillows to tablecloths and draperies. Don’t hesitate to call us with unusual requests or rare finds; we’re up for the challenge!

Our Story

Empire Upholstery has been on the Grand Strand for over 10 years. We are experts in furniture redesign, textile selection, and creating custom  furnishings, from pillows to draperies. Begin with an in-home or business consultation to discuss ways to enhance or reimagine your space with furnishings and furniture.

Meet the Team


Joey Zabatta

Founder & CEO

Joey learned the upholstery craft while working alongside his father, Joe Zabatta, in Valley Stream, New York. Joey was a freshman in high school in 1975 when he started working for his father. When the elder Zabatta retired to Myrtle Beach in 2001, Joey took over the business. In 2005, Joey followed his dad to Myrtle Beach and the next year he opened Empire Upholstery in Myrtle Beach.

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Manfried Friedrichs

Master Craftsman - “Manfried is golden with his hands. To be successful you have to be passionate about the work, as well as talented. He is a true craftsman.” He has worked with an impressive rank of celebrities, including Alan King, Ben Gazarra, Frank Gifford and some of the wealthiest Americans of the time.

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