Benfer’s Furniture has operated in family home for 95 years | Business

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Benfer’s Furniture has operated in family home for 95 years | Business


BEAVER SPRINGS – For nearly a century, Benfer’s Furniture has operated out of the family home in Beaver Springs.

Randall Benfer started the business in 1927 in the 12 Pine St. home he shared with his wife, Estella, and their three daughters, Dorothy, Gloria and Evelyn.

A son, Paul, was born a year later and today he continues to run the store with his wife, interior decorator Millie Hilton Benfer, which stocks a variety of contemporary and early American, Victorian and Queen Anne style furniture from brands such as . as Harden, Taylor King and Zimmerman chairman; uncirculated antiques; home furniture and custom curtains.

“I have always worked here. I like to give people comfort,” says Benfer, who took over the business after his parents passed away.

He met Hilton Benfer in 1988 when a friend encouraged her to visit the Beaver Springs store to shop for furniture to fill her newly built home in Berks County.

“Paul answered the door with his flight jacket on,” she recalls of her future husband, who owned and flew a private jet for years.

That day, while browsing the merchandise on the store’s sprawling two floors and talking with Benfer, Hilton Benfer found a dining room set and a life partner.

Hilton Benfer soon used her interior design background to boost the business by rearranging items to better display the merchandise and creating themed rooms decorated with her elaborate handmade draperies.

“He needed me,” she said. “Change is good,” Benfer replied.

They married in 1992 and together they have continued the Benfer family business, though there have been tough times in recent years as sales slowed during the COVID-19 pandemic and longtime employee Susan Blazer passed away in December 2020.

“Suzy gave her life and soul to this place,” said Hilton Benfer.

The Benfers have sold several buildings in town, including a warehouse where they once stored goods, but they are not ready to give up the business that was founded 95 years ago.

In fact, Hilton Benfer said, it’s her husband’s goal to have Benfer’s Furniture still serving customers on its 100-year anniversary in 2027.

“Come visit us because we’re still here,” Benfer said.

Benfer’s Furniture is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10am to 5pm; Friday from 10:00 to 19:00 and Saturday from 10:00 to 15:00

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