I never wanted to be in the furniture business. I went to school and graduated with a hospitality management degree and had worked for companies like Hyatt and Disney. So when my father asked me to leave my career in San Diego to move up to Medford, Oregon to buy his furniture store, I thought he had lost his marbles.
However about two years after his offer, I found myself intrigued. After numerous conversations with loved ones and lots of time in prayer, I decided it was worth a shot. So off to Southern Oregon I went. The deal I struck with my father: I work for you for a year and if I like it, I buy it. If I don’t back to San Diego I go.
A year quickly flashed by and I decided to stay. In December of 2006 I bought my dad’s store…and took it out of business. Remember, I didn’t want to be in the furniture business.
Let me explain: In order to build a successful company you need to put your heart and soul into it. And in order to put your heart and soul into something you need to be passionate about it. I was not passionate about furniture at that point. My passion was much simpler: I wanted to help people. The company I envisioned was a furniture and mattress store. That is “What” we would do. Helping people is “Why” we were doing it.
Garrison’s Home Furnishings was born on January 18th, 2007. Nine employees including myself (six of which are still with us) bought into the idea we would sell furniture and change lives.
Quite a bit has changed in the 8-years since. We now have 31 employees. I learned to love the art that is furniture and the life changing experience that is a mattress. We have improved the quality of the furniture and mattresses that we carry with well-known brands like Stickley, Tempur-Pedic, Flexsteel, Stressless and Beauty Rest. And we now have a brand new mattress gallery in Ashland located at 1522 Siskiyou Blvd.
We survived the second toughest economic times our country has ever seen and have grown faster than we ever could have imagined. And through all of this, there has been one thing that hasn’t changed and never will: We are a company that helps people. Whether it’s me making sure our employees love what they do, our sales and delivery team helping our customers improve their home with new furniture or health with a new mattress, or us helping the community with our time and resources.
Selling and servicing great furniture and comfortable mattresses is what Garrison’s does. Helping People is why we do it.