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Darren Doyle, story and photos
Picture yourself 20 years ago, sitting down at Lonnie's Midway Grocery, enjoying a bologna sandwich while you listen to local farmers try to out-do each other with tall tales. I wonder what the conversation would've led to if someone could have said, "You won't believe this, but 20 years from now, this place will be a successful furniture store with an amazing showroom..."
For those of you that remember the locals that used to hang around there, well, you can imagine what would've been said. For the rest of you, well...never mind. The fact is, that's exactly what's happening in Lindseyville, and the majority of Edmonson County doesn't even know it yet.
Jeff Jacobs runs Jacob's Home Furnishings along with his wife Laura, (Laura's Hilltop Restaurant) and his 12 year old son, Zachary. (Which is an impressive salesman himself-- I saw him in action, and his videos on the business Facebook page are great.)
Jacobs grew up around his grandfather who was a farmer and a cabinet maker. He said his granddad's influence helped him to start building log furniture out of his personal garage about 12 years ago.
After 8 years at that location, he bought the building (in 2012) that was once the old country store and moved his log furniture and barn lumber business there.
He mainly catered to the Nolin Lake area residents that had moved in from other locations or those that had vacation homes on the lake. He said after building bedroom suites for countless customers, they would ask him, "Do you know where I can find a good mattress and box springs?" He said he'd direct them to reputable places but would also be asked, "Do they also have recliners and sofas?" That got the wheels to turning, but they quickly halted when tragedy struck.
He and his family had to make some tough decisions when the entire building, contents, material, all of it, was lost in a January 2015 fire.
"We didn't have enough insurance to cover the total loss," Jacobs said. "We had to figure out if we could rebuild or just do something different altogether."
After an 8 month rebuilding process, and scraping, saving, and lots of promises, he was able to scratch up enough credit to begin filling his new building with furniture that he believed his customers would buy.
"We wanted quality pieces that would last," he said. "So that's what we started with, and that's what we have today."
Some of you might be thinking, "oh, everybody says what they do is the best, or they have the best quality, bla bla bla." Jacobs encourages folks to simply go to a larger furniture store that sells quality items and price them. "Our prices are better than Bowling Green stores and lots of what we have are the same top brands."
The store also offers free in-county delivery and an additional 10% discount to senior citizens. On the floor right now, you'll find bedroom suites, sofas, recliners, dining sets, bedding, and all sorts of accessories. You'll find modern, primitive, unique, and artsy pieces there, and he says nothing in the store is less than top quality.
"All of our furniture is solid wood and can be considered long term investments. You're not going to find a $99 dining set here. These are pieces you can pass down to your children."
A few months ago, my wife and I discussed upgrading our 20 year oak dining room suite. We shopped around the bigger stores here and there (we didn't know about this place in Lindseyville), but we really couldn't afford a large set (with 8 chairs) that was built like we wanted so we figured we'd just keep trucking with what we had.
After discovering Jacob's, we were able to find a set through his store that not only was beautiful, you could also park a truck on it, and the price was...well, impressive to say the least.
Jacobs recently hired a new store manager, Sarah Barker, who he says has been an amazing asset to the family owned business. She just built the store's new website, jacobshomefurnishings.com which is very user-friendly and has tons of pieces that aren't on the showroom floor.
Jacobs said a company sales rep recently stopped in to discuss some products when he noticed a price tag on a Catnapper brand recliner. "He said, why are you selling these at this price? Don't you know you could add $200 to this?" Jacobs said that low overhead and a hometown atmosphere allows him to be able to sell his furniture at the best prices.
"The side of our truck says The Very Best Quality At The Very Best Price, and we mean it." It's the same truck that you'll regularly find at community events. It's not uncommon for Jacobs to have a recliner raffle on site and donate the proceeds to a worthy Edmonson County cause.
"We live here," he said. "If you do enough business, you'll run into a problem or two, but here, we'll deal with it personally. We want to earn your business and hometown service is a priority."
If you're looking for a quality built piece of furniture for an extremely competitive price, I can say from experience that you can find it at Jacob's Home Furnishings. "We really are Edmonson County's only full-service furniture store," he said. "We have a full 7,000 square feet of furniture on the floor now and countless items available to order."
Although a huge portion of the customer base is around the lake or outside the county, he wants Edmonson County folks to stop in and see what his family business is all about.
While we were there, a couple came in and asked about something specific, but the conversation quickly turned into deer hunting as Zachary put down a catalog and began to talk bucks.
"We carry all of this on our shoulders," Jacobs added. "We're about more than just selling you furniture, we're about friendships."