It’s obvious that Theresa loves her work. It might even be said she enjoys it so much, she takes floors to a whole new level.
But it wasn’t always that way. When she first opened the store, she had no flooring experience nor had she ever worked in retail. Still, she had solid management experience, having served as office manager for Kadet Products for a time. Better than that, she had a strong desire to succeed.
“I felt like I needed a new challenge,” she said, “and a flooring store was something Elwood needed.”
The long-time Elwood Chamber board member opened the store in the fall of 2001, providing Elwood’s commercial and residential community a one-stop shop for carpeting, hardwood, vinyl, laminates, and porcelain floor treatments. Today, she also offers backsplashes, custom showers, and a large variety of tools and supplies for the do-it-yourselfer.
With sixteen years of flooring experience under her feet, Theresa has far exceeded her initial challenge. In fact, her expertise is so highly respected that many of her customers seek her advice. Upon their request, she is pleased to consult with them in their homes or offices to measure rooms and offer suggestions.
“The best part of the business is dealing with interesting and nice people,” Theresa said.
“Often when I go out and see their colors and layout, I get ideas.”
Chamber Director Marcy Fry is one who benefitted from Theresa’s professional expertise.
“A few years ago, after Mel and I built our cabin,” Fry said, “Floors & More was who we chose to do our flooring. We appreciated the one-on-one customer service and how Theresa guided us through this process right beside us. Hands down, there are many advantages to shopping right here in your hometown.”
Theresa has been a member of the Elwood Chamber since 2001 and a member of the board of directors since 2004. She takes the commitment quite seriously, never hesitating to give her time and expertise.
“I enjoy helping with the events,” she said. “I hope what I do is beneficial to Elwood and its future growth, while it showcases the positive.”
When she’s asked to name her favorite Elwood event, Theresa answers without hesitation. “The Home Show is my baby,” she said. “It’s one of the few events we do that showcases the businesses we have here in town.”
Conversely, a business she feels should be showcased more is the John Hinds Career Center, which she calls an excellent resource for high school students, who are uncertain about committing to a four-year college.
“We tend to think those kids won’t do college,” she said, “but both my brothers went to Vincennes because of John Hinds. … A lot of kids go on and get experience and enter a vocation. But even if you’re already on the college route, it’s a great tool.”
Theresa has lived in Elwood her entire life, graduating from Elwood High School in 1988. She’s the mother of two children – daughter Carrie, 25, who lives in North Carolina, and son Matthew, 19, who is studying sales and marketing. She looks forward to the huge life change coming in September, when, thanks to her daughter, Theresa’s first grandchild will arrive.
Looking even further ahead, what does Theresa see for Elwood’s future?
“I hope we continue with business growth,” she said, “and I feel like we have some industrial growth going on right now. That’s bound to create some population influx.”
Visit Theresa at Floors & More at 7074 West State Road 28. The phone is (765) 552-3830.
Photos shown: the Floors & More sign, interior of the store, and Theresa poses with Chamber Director Marcy Fry