In 1981, Charles and Alyse Sprintz had $1,000 in cash, a family, and a vision for the future. They set up shop in a former grocery store that was slated for demolition, the low cost of rent allowing them to offer quality furniture at great prices.
At the time, Charles had spent 20 years of his career managing a furniture store in Nashville and Alyse had a background in design. So their most valuable business tool was knowledge. They used their knowledge and effervescent personalities to forge relationships with potential furniture sources and quickly convinced five furniture manufacturers to give them a credit line of $1,500 each.
The original store of 10,000 sq. ft. displayed mainly upholstery, but Charles promised customers that he could get anything at the best prices. Charles and Alyse overcame many obstacles to double their sales twice in two years.