They were once lounge furniture manufacturers in Melbourne so when on holidays, the lack of any furniture shop anywhere on the peninsula stood out to Ian and Maryanne Brewer. At the same time, they were looking to make a sea change.
It didn’t take long for them to choose beautiful Ocean Grove to set up Bellarine Furniture & Bedding.
Since 2005, the couple – and now with daughter Erin and son-in-law John – have been offering lounges, recliner chairs, dining suites, TV units, buffets, bar stools, mattresses, beds, bed settees, bunks and much more.
And, right now, the family is staging a Super Floor Stock Sale, with many items marked down by more than 30 per cent, and floor stock mattresses at an amazing 50 per cent off.
Fitting right in with small-town friendliness, the business is renowned for its service to its customers.
“For example,” says Maryanne, “if you buy a mattress, we’ll deliver it for free, set it up in your room, and take away the old mattress if needed.
“If you order bunks, we don’t leave you to wrestle with assembly. We pre-assemble, then complete it on delivery. And this service is free for all our flat-packed furniture items.”
Maryanne notes that purchases can be made from the floor displays, or can be ordered in if preferred.
Erin plays a significant role in the business. Not only is she a sales and marketing specialist, Erin’s also a qualified interior designer.
“This means Erin can assist our customers by visiting their homes to help guide furniture and décor choices.
“She’s also a gun at assembling furniture, and helps out with deliveries – the same as Ian, who also does logistics and sales.
“John is our website guru, as well as lends a hand with day-to-day tasks. And I’m in sales and admin – it’s a genuine hands-on family business.”
As with any business worth its salt, the family crew loves best seeing their customers come back to tell them how wonderful was their last purchase – and then seeing them come back for more.
If you’re yet to meet the family and seen what they offer, now’s a good time to find out why you don’t need to ever go to the big smoke to find furniture. This is a business that shows the city folk how it should be done…
Bellarine Furniture & Bedding, 9 Marine Parade, Ocean Grove. Opens 9am-5pm Monday-Friday and 9am-3pm Saturday. Inquiries: 5255 2288 or www.bellarinefurniture.com.au