The Furniture First Board of Directors recently approved Dow Furniture of Waldoboro, Maine and Eaton-Young Furniture Galleries of Cumberland, Maryland as members of the cooperative buying group.
Dow Furniture was founded in 1955 and is still owned by the Dow Family. Their main location features mid-price brand-name furniture and mattresses. Last year the family opened their second location across the street from their first. Dow’s Discount features 12,700 square feet of value-priced merchandise. The discount branch is also the host of the Midcoast Sports Hall of Fame. Store owner Dana Dow’s work as a school teacher and a cross-country coach inspired his involvement with the Hall of Fame.
Eaton-Young started as a wicker and rattan store, known as LaVale Furniture, in 1977. Later that year, when the store moved to a new location in LaVale Plaza Shopping Center, their name changed to Eaton-Young Furniture Galleries. The store expanded and grew their footprint in the shopping center over the next 21 years, and eventually moved to their present location in 1998. Over 27,000 square feet is used for furniture display in their showroom. Founder George Young still operates the business.
Both new members fit the Furniture First Member profile well, being independent, family-owned businesses.