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Comstock furniture going out of business

Unfortunately another local institution is getting crushed by the onslaught of retail chains entering into our market. Comstock furniture in Sylvania is going out of business.

Went by there yesterday and it does not appear to have been taken over by one of these cutthroat liquidation companies as yet. Some deals to be had, but not much stuff left. A few nice pieces made from actual recognizable tree parts remain, if you need any furniture suggest you go soon.

created by breeman on Jun 14, 2015 at 08:06:04 am     Business     Comments: 12

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Unfortunately another local institution is getting crushed by the onslaught of retail chains entering into our market.

I often feel that way, and especially felt that way when Fleeger's closed.

But Comstock is closing because Carol moved into a retirement home and none of the family want to run it. It will not be taken over by one of those cutthroat liquidation companies, but much of the good stuff went to customers Thursday.

posted by justread on Jun 14, 2015 at 10:06:31 am     #  

A lot of places end up like that, the person owning or running them dies or retires and there isn't anyone to take over.

posted by MIJeff on Jun 14, 2015 at 10:27:47 am     #  

MIJeff posted at 10:27:47 AM on Jun 14, 2015:

A lot of places end up like that, the person owning or running them dies or retires and there isn't anyone to take over.

I don't think that's the case here. You should see the Comstock mansion; it's got to be around 6000 sq. ft. and has a separate area for servants - at least I suppose it's the servant's quarters, although it could be a mother-in-law mini-manse. One thing that the family doesn't lack for is money.

posted by madjack on Jun 14, 2015 at 03:36:19 pm     #  

I didn't say anything about money, I said nobody wants to follow them into the business.

posted by MIJeff on Jun 14, 2015 at 04:37:59 pm     #  

MIJeff posted at 04:37:59 PM on Jun 14, 2015:

I didn't say anything about money, I said nobody wants to follow them into the business.

In point of fact, you did. I wasn't reading your post closely enough.

posted by madjack on Jun 15, 2015 at 09:09:59 am     #  

Im not saying this is the case here, or even most of the time....but people do romanticize the local places as "mom and pop" as meek and humble, but in reality, there are local businesses that overcharge and make a fortune because of the lack of real competition. Greed isnt the exclusive domain of corporate America.

posted by BulldogBuckeye on Jun 15, 2015 at 03:55:16 pm     #  

Didn't Comstock Furniture have a "Going out of business" sale a few years ago?

posted by MariaL on Jun 15, 2015 at 05:30:09 pm     #  

Dang, 6000 square feet? I guess they did pretty well for being a small, family run outfit. I wonder what will go in there next. Free parcels are a rare commodity on that busy stretch. Hopefully, not another bank.

posted by mixman on Jun 15, 2015 at 09:02:20 pm     #  

Promedica will probably buy it.

posted by trixanne on Jun 15, 2015 at 09:07:05 pm     #   2 people liked this

MariaL posted at 05:30:09 PM on Jun 15, 2015:

Didn't Comstock Furniture have a "Going out of business" sale a few years ago?

They sold all the Coventry.

posted by justread on Jun 16, 2015 at 05:08:30 am     #   2 people liked this

Well now, that's a blast from the past. It DID used to be called Comstock and Coventry, didn't it ? Forgot all about that ........

posted by foodie88 on Jun 16, 2015 at 04:23:09 pm     #  

The general store/fertilizer/farm equipment was Harold Comstock. Like The Anderson's of the 1930's, I guess. Don Coventry married Harold and Belle Comstock's daughter Cathryn and joined the business in 1940. He and Harold Comstock's son Carl ran the business after that point, with a focus on furniture, after Carl came back from WWII in Europe. Carl was Carol's husband. Carl died in like 07. There was a Don and Cathryn Coventry son, I think Richard, and he died in 2011. For a while, he and his wife ran Coventry Furniture on Central Ave.

Don Coventry made it a Furniture store.

posted by justread on Jun 16, 2015 at 04:38:31 pm     #   1 person liked this