Furniture store invests in locals
Purchasing furniture can be a large investment. But for Tammy Harris, owner of Bluebonnet Furniture, it’s about investing in the customer.
Opening in Fredericksburg in 1989, Harris took ownership of the store in 2014.
Despite not having much business experience herself, Harris was eager to take on the well-established firm.
“This opportunity arose after the previous owners retired and they wanted a Christian couple to pass it on to,” Harris said. “I feel very blessed to have taken on this established store.”
While she isn’t located on the Main Street drag, Harris said she likes the store’s laid-back location.
“I like our location because we aren’t in the midst of Main Street and it allows me to be more one-on-one with customers,” she said.
Selling Texas-made mattresses comes first for Harris.
Harris sells a variety of name-brand mattresses like Spring Air, in sizes twin to king. She also offers custom sizing.
“These brands are just made in Texas and these companies stand behind their products, that is the kind of thing I want to sell to my customers,” Harris said.
Harris also encourage people to come lay on her mattresses so they get the best for their needs.
“It makes a big difference to lay on it and touch it,” she said.
In addition to mattresses, Bluebonnet Furniture sells iron bed frames.
“I have so many bed and breakfast owners that would rather shop here than at a large retail store because the style fits the Fredericksburg theme,” Harris said.
Discounts are offered to veterans, law enforcement, active-duty military and bed and breakfast owners.
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While her husband is a part owner of the store, Harris is the sole employee.
Because mattresses and bed frames can be heavy, she often relies on partnerships with other local businesses.
“We have some really great businesses in town that help me that have some super people,” Harris said. “I couldn’t do it without them.”
Having purchased furniture throughout her life, Harris became turned off by pushy salesmen.
“I don’t want someone leading me by the nose, trying to get me to buy something I don’t want or need,” she said.
Harris allows her customers to take their time and look around, as buying furniture can be expensive.
“It tends to be a larger investment so I encourage people to shop around more and really consider laying on the mattresses so they get what they want,” she said.
Harris also said she is thankful for the reputation the previous owners left behind.
“The last owners treated their customers so well and I want to continue treating people in that way,” she said.