From street corner to new store, local looks to fill homes

Posted 8/4/20

Started from the corner now we’re here.

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From street corner to new store, local looks to fill homes

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Started from the corner now we’re here.

This is Mark Chambers’ theme as his new store, The Galaxy Furniture and More, opens to the public this week in the building that housed Madisonville Auto Parts for 30 years on Main Street.

“I used to sell furniture in an empty lot on the corner of Shipp Street and Highway 21 for three years,” said Chambers, a Michigan native who has called Bedias home since 2013. “This was before they passed an ordinance prohibiting more than two yard sales per year.”

Chambers’ furniture venture was derailed by the 2018 ordinance, since his setups were technically considered yard sales. But he still had two spaces in Bedias filled with his furniture and a number of customers who knew him and requested specific items.

“I think there is a need for a furniture store, because we all need something,” said Chambers. “You can go through your house and you are going to find something that you need or would like to change. Being here in Madisonville, we don’t have a furniture company or store, and I think I can build an atmosphere that people want.”

The Galaxy houses all kinds of furniture and appliances, new and used, and also plans to offer a table with beauty and hair products, courtesy of one of Chambers’ daughters, Sky Chambers.

Another obvious obstacle was the spread of COVID-19. The pandemic made it extremely difficult for Chambers to find a loan to open the store before he acquired the Main Street building from Fred Henson.

“(Henson) in an integral part, along with (owner of Madisonville Auto Parts Ron Gantz),” said Chambers. “I think (Henson) saw something in what I was talking about, and God touched his heart and God touched me. Had it not been for him, I wouldn’t even be here.”

Chambers has a nursing background and lived in Michigan and California before moving to Madison County seven years ago. He has eight kids, some of whom will work at The Galaxy, which he describes as a “family business”.

“We are going to do some things here that, hopefully, we can do for the next 30 years,” said Chambers. “(Madisonville Auto Parts) was here in this building for 30 years, and that is my goal.

“This is a more homely community. Having a business here, you can be successful and more attentive to the whole community.”

The Galaxy Furniture and More officially opened at the start of the month and will hold their grand opening celebration at the Main Street location Aug. 15.

Their current hours are from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday (closed Sundays). These hours are tentative and subject to change.

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