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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.
I'm amazed at how many Logan businesses have endured and prospered for so many years. Edwards Furniture had its start in 1880. This organization has provided fine quality furniture and décor for homes and businesses in Cache Valley for 124 years. In fact, the company has been around for such a long time that its first phone number was "4." That's right, a single digit given to the operator would connect you to the location on Main Street in old downtown Logan.
That old, original building is still standing at 26 South Main, but my visit with the current owners took place in Providence, a nearby suburb of Logan. This store opened in 1996, and it is in the center of the new growth area of Cache County. There are more people in a five-mile radius of the store than any other five-mile radius in the area.
As I sat in the La-Z-Boy section of the store with Bryon Smith, I stretched out, relaxed and listened to the story of this great company.
Kurt, Bryon and Marty Smith currently operate the business. The Smith family has been associated with the store since 1947. The boys' father, Homer Smith, came home from World War II and became an installer and deliveryman. Homer loved the business, and it seems the business loved him. He became so valuable to the store that the owners offered him some stock to make certain he remained an employee. In 1985, the Smith family completed a leveraged buyout and became the owners and operators.
Both stores carry extensive inventories of all types of furniture and accent pieces. Buyers regularly go to "market" in North Carolina or San Francisco to make certain that customers have a wide selection of the finest brands of furniture.
Bryon tells me his family has a strong desire to continue the tradition of providing quality home furnishings at great prices.
For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.