Mathis hard

The Saturday Oklahoman contains a list of city building permits, and this was at the top yesterday:

Building permit. 5-6-17

Anyone who’s watched more than twenty minutes of television in this town in the last thirty years will recognize that address as the headquarters of Mathis Brothers Furniture:

In 1960, the Mathis brothers, Don and Bud, revolutionized the furniture business with everyday low prices, which meant customers didn’t have to wait for a “sale.” As they said at the time, “we took a little less, so our neighbors could have a little more.” The concept was a spectacular success, helping Mathis Brothers become one of the largest independent furniture retailers in America.

When Don and Bud started their store, they were southwest of downtown, on Western south of Reno. The trip to the suburbs was more or less inevitable.

They’ve since grown to four locations, two in Oklahoma and two more in Southern California. Still, it boggles the mind to contemplate a remodel of a furniture store that costs nine million dollars.

And current spokesguy Rit Mathis, grandson of one of the original Mathises, started a blog back in 2012, but apparently hasn’t had time to maintain it. He also enjoys egg status on Twitter.


  1. Chuck Pergiel »

    8 May 2017 · 11:49 am

    A dollar just isn’t worth what it was.

  2. Holly H »

    8 May 2017 · 12:37 pm

    Wow, they must be pricey. Good thing I buy my furniture at garage sales. In case you haven’t figured it out, I’m frugal. Got too much Scot in me to be otherwise.

    However, I’m not cheap. I always tip at least 20%, for anywhere-close-to-decent service.

  3. CGHill »

    8 May 2017 · 3:32 pm

    The last time I did any serious furniture shopping, I went somewhere else. Still cost me a small ensemble of body parts.

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