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Garbel's Furniture opens on west side of square

Touting outstanding customer service that includes custom design, brand-name products and numerous special order options, Garbel’s Furniture is ready to accommodate customers in the Kenmare area.

6/07/16 (Tue)

Welcome to Garbel’s . . . From left, Sandy Modin, Kylee Leonard and Kristy Borud will be the day-to-day staff at Garbel’s Furniture in Kenmare. Owners Kay and Don Garbel will be rotating between their stores in Crosby and Kenmare. Borud has been named manager of the store. Grand opening at the store begins Thursday and runs through Saturday.

By Marvin Baker

Touting outstanding customer service that includes custom design, brand-name products and numerous special order options, Garbel’s Furniture is ready to accommodate customers in the Kenmare area.

Garbel’s, a long-standing furniture and flooring store in Crosby, opened last week in the Downtown Square in Kenmare formerly occupied by Kay’s Furniture.

A grand opening is planned for this weekend, beginning tomorrow (Thursday) and running through Saturday. All furniture is on sale for the three-day event, there will be prizes and giveaways and refreshments will be served.

The grand opening includes the giveaway of a Route 66 plaque to coincide with the annual car show that will be held downtown on Saturday.

The store will have numerous specials during the three-day extravaganza and customers are encouraged to sign up for items that include a recliner giveaway that is a signature design of Ashley Furniture, a $200 gift certificate toward a Marshfield Furniture  sofa, an accent chest and an office chair.

In addition, a $100 gift card will be given away on each of the three days during the grand opening.

Owners Kay and Don Garbel want the community to come out and see the store, visit with staff  and get a feel for Kenmare’s newest business.

“We’re excited to be here and to serve the community,” Kay Garbel said. “We like how it turned out. We’ve received a lot of support so we’re hoping it meets everyone’s expectations.”

The store is in the middle of the west side square, sandwiched between Kenmare Drug and Boom Fitness. The Garbels have been working in the store since February to get it ready for an opening they originally announced would be sometime in June.

“We actively made the decision to have a presence in Kenmare in January,” Garbel said. “We were not able to work on it in earnest until February. That’s when we started active planning.”

Part of that planning included assembling a staff  and Garbel is pleased to have three women who have already met her expectations.

Sandy Modin and Kylee Leonard, along with store manager Kristy Borud, will be the faces customers normally see although the Garbels will rotate their time between their Crosby and Kenmare stores.

“We have a good team working together and I’m sure people will find them knowledgeable and helpful,” Garbel said. “Kristy is our manager. She has had some training and has been working with us since the beginning of May. We were fortunate to find them.”

Garbel said one of the things that sets Garbel’s Furniture apart from other furniture stores is if a customer likes an item on the showroom floor, they may take it right off the floor.

“We have enough change out that we keep it fresh,” Garbel said. “You can take it home that day if you want.”

She said they try to offer good, better and best options for everyone’s budget and/or style and if someone spots an item they would like to purchase and it isn’t the right fabric, the Garbels will order it.

Garbel said furniture is offered for every room in the home as well as commercial office furniture. Window treatments and window displays are included as well as Simply Amish Furniture.

Two bedding lines are offered; Serta and Spring Air with access to Sierra. She said Kay’s Furniture stocked Sierra and if anyone has that preference, Garbel’s can order it.

“We want to give you the options you have in a big city furniture store,” Garbel said. “It’s what we strive for.”

Window treatments and window displays have become a big part of the business, according to Garbel with Hunter-Douglas blinds and shades stocked in the store.

She added staff can help arrange custom window treatments for your home.

“We do the measuring and installing with window treatments and we take the guess work out of it,” Garbel said. “That’s our job and the customer’s job is to enjoy it.”

The Simply Amish brand is a custom design center in which you choose the style of wood and it’s custom made to your specifications.

“Amish handcrafted furniture has a few different features,” Garbel said. “We think it’s pretty special and we looked a long time before we chose it.”

She said the staff will be happy to do special orders and offer design help on items.

And the store also offers a rewards card program on purchases that may be used in either Kenmare or Crosby location.

“This is a little different than the store in Crosby,” Garbel said. “We offer the same brands but we’ll have some different style selections. We like to call it an expanded showroom.”

There’s also a touch screen computer on the showroom floor that is essentially a 21st century version of a catalog. It links up to the Garbel’s website at ( and Garbel said the newest items and quick specials will be placed on the Garbel’s Facebook page for a sneak peak.

“It makes it easy when you’re looking for something,” Garbel said. “We can make it available.”

The store is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., 10-4 on Saturday and is closed on Sunday.

During the grand opening finale on Saturday, the store will stay open later as long as customers are interested.

In addition, customers are invited to join the staff Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for hot dogs and watermelon, root beer floats on Friday from 3-4 p.m., and popcorn and lemonade from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Please see the ad on page 9 of today’s edition of The Kenmare News for further details.

“We’re excited to be here,” Garbel said. “Stop by. We want you to enjoy the festivities.” ... Read EVERY WORD on EVERY PAGE of The Kenmare News by subscribing--online or in print!