Over 20 years ago, Furniture Source International Retail Store began as a means to sell furniture market samples made by FSI’s factories following a successful wholesale furniture market in North Carolina. Trey Baumgarner launched a furniture wholesale and manufacturing business shortly after the Baumgarners moved to Bryan/ College Station in 1997, where his wife, Melissa’s, family had lived for generations. Having worked in the furniture industry since the 1970’s, Trey Baumgarner successfully manufactured, then sold his wholesale furniture samples after which he would ship them to B/CS, landing at the former Wellborn Grocery and Feed store that they purchased from Melissa’s stepfather and longtime Wellborn resident, Grover Walker.
Trey and Melissa commenced renovations on the building and began selling, starting with market samples but soon ordering more of their own product for the store as well as acquiring complimentary furniture and accents from all over the world. Over the years, the store expanded its size, offering and customer base, becoming today what is a popular state-wide, regional and local retail destination for home furniture and accessory shopping. Some things never change: Melissa and Trey still send many of their wholesale market samples to the store.