When it comes to longevity, the people at Martin Fine Furniture know all about staying power. Operating the oldest furniture company in Indiana, the owners understand that staying in business requires a combination of quality merchandise, competitive pricing, and exceptional customer service, along with the ability to move with the times.
“That is why we decided to renovate the store,” said Suzanne Sherman, fourth-generation co-owner with her brother, John McDermott. “It’s a new era for the store, and we’ve decided to update to appeal to a whole new generation of customers. We have brightened up the place, and you will see a lot more contemporary furniture than in the past. We now carry more furniture that appeals to younger people.”
“UIndy students come here to buy their mattresses,” noted Sherman, whose store is an authorized dealer of Sealy, Restonic, Corsicana, Comfort Solutions and Therapedic mattresses. Customers will also find complete lines of bedroom, living room, dining room and office furniture, electric recliners, accessories and everything to furnish an entertainment center. Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays.
“We have furnished many offices on the campus, and a lot of professors buy their furniture from us,” she said.
Martin Furniture traces its roots back to 1854, when it was founded by Sherman and McDermott’s great-grandfather, Michael Clune, who manufactured mattresses in Chicago. Clune was forced to move his business to Indianapolis after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. It was here that he began to manufacture furniture.
Yet most customers associate the business with their father, longtime owner Marty McDermott, who moved the business from Arizona Street in Downtown to its current location at 5240 S. U.S. 31 (787-8659).
After his death in 2012 the reign passed to his two younger children, who keep the family’s legacy alive. Sherman said it is unknown if any of the fifth-generation children will take over the business. “That’s up in the air. They are at an age where they are looking into a lot of careers.
“We buy a lot of American-made furniture, and we carry all of the major brands. Our prices are competitive, and we have a wonderful service department.
“Our knowledge of the furniture that we sell sets us high above the competition. We can help you purchase your new furniture and mattress at any budget.”