Since 1998, Gary and Pam Larson’s Furniture Gallery has provided home furnishing to the Lake of the Woods area featuring big city style and selection with small town service and prices. The Furniture Gallery is known for their fantastic styles and unmatched selection, drawing customers from as far as two hours away! Pam says,
“I wish I had a dollar over the years for every time I get asked “What’s a big store like this doing in a small town?” I just laugh and say go big, or go home! My thought is more is more! I knew in order to be successful in this type of business, you had to have good inventory, good competitive prices and wonderful showroom displays.”
Pam grew up in a large family in the Baudette area. After graduation, life took her to Port Charlotte Florida, where she became a certified Interior Designer and worked for the next 17 years in the furniture and design Industry. 14 of those years were with Bacons Furniture Gallery, who is now one of the leading furniture and design stores in S.W. Fl.
Upon moving home to Baudette in 1997 to help with aging parents, the Larson’s saw a unique opportunity in a 22,000 sq. feet former school building. The old Lake of the Woods school building came up for sale and Pam saw this as perfect opportunity to put her 17 years of experience in the furniture business to use. Now 20 years later, the Furniture Gallery continues to provide the area with unmatched quality and selection. In addition to the Furniture Gallery, Gary Larson is also the owner and operator of Baudette Builders, Inc.
Her advice for prospective Lake of the Woods entrepreneurs:
“Successful entrepreneurship involves taking risks…. One of my favorite quotes from “Zig Ziglar” is “your attitude, not aptitude, will determine your altitude.”
While their businesses keep them very busy, the Larson’s also enjoy the benefits of living in Lake of the Woods County including the world class outdoor amenities such as boating and fishing on one of the largest lakes in the country, the diverse friendly people, and living right on the Canadian border.
“ I get to look right across the rainy river from my kitchen window and say “that’s another country”! We are so blessed living in God’s country.”
The Furniture Gallery is located at 111 3rd St NE, Baudette, MN 56623. For more information, visit their website at http://www.baudettefurnituregallery.net/ or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/baudettefurnituregallery/