Chamber Business of the Week
Article and photo by Abby Hess, Quill Staff Writer
The West Plains Area Chamber of Commerce business of the week is Furniture Deals & More, 3495 U.S. 63, owned by Debbie Green and her husband, Rick, who have served the West Plains area in the furniture business since 2000.
Furniture Deals & More is an outgrowth of their first showroom, Green’s Furniture on Porter Wagoner Boulevard, said Green. In fact, Green’s Furniture opened in 2000 in the same building. In 2011, Green’s Furniture moved to its Porter Wagoner location and the Greens closed the U.S 63 north store.
By 2014, said Green, the business owners were ready to expand to two locations. Furniture Deals & More was conceived to fill a niche in the used and factory closeout market, said Green, and the showroom on U.S. 63, the former location of Green’s Furniture, became its home.
In 2017, the showroom took on a very different look when the Greens decided to remodel it.
“It looks very different,” said Green. “It used to look more like a warehouse.” Today, the atmosphere could be described as “homey,” with walls painted in different colors, rugs displayed on the floor and hung on the walls and home decor placed as it would be in a home.
The store has two levels, said Green. Downstairs in the basement, customers can find the clearance offerings, she said. This isn’t to say that furniture has a habit of sticking around very long.
“It changes in here daily,” said Green. Furniture on the showroom floor is sold at a rapid pace, she said, so that the showroom never looks the same from one day to the next.
New merchandise often comes from estates, when a family is left to deal with a deceased loved one’s belongings. Furniture Deals & More will buy and pick up entire sets of furniture, making such jobs easier for the family. Still other products come in by way of trade or sale.
“We’ll buy almost anything. Like lawnmowers,” said Green. “That’s why we’re Furniture Deals and More.” Green said dresser knobs and handles for sale next to the customer service counter are among the more popular items; the store sells knobs “all day long.”
She said any items brought in for trade or sale must be in decent condition, as upholstery repairs and cleaning take time and labor, and pickup is limited to furniture sets. For those pieces the Greens do decide are worth minor repairs, Green said Rick is adept at the job.
“Whatever it takes, he does it all,” she said.
The store also delivers furniture to customers, accepts credit cards and offers layaway options.
The Greens employ a staff of five: Dortheta Smith is the store manager, Teresa Brawley is the sales specialist and the delivery and warehouse team is made up of Rex Reid, Joey Prince and Nicholas Briscoe.
Business hours are from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.
To learn more, follow “Furniture Deals & More” on Facebook or call 256-4207.