The History of Garbes Lighting
For Vern and Martha Garbe, 2011 marks their forty-first year as owners and operators of Garbe's, a Tulsa tradition for light fixtures and other fine appointments for the home.
While Garbe's started in 1970 with primarily light fixtures and hardware, over the years it has been transformed into the unique store that it is today. Garbe's showroom still features a large selection of fine lighting fixtures. Traditional and contemporary chandeliers, Tiffanies, table and desk lamps, outdoor fixtures, and track and recessed lighting can be found. Perhaps most stunning are the fine crystal chandeliers in Garbe's "Crystal Room."
Throughout the store, there are other beautiful amenities such as hand-printed oil paintings, imported pots and vases, and perhaps Tulsa's best selection of mirrors. Bathroom accessories and quality faucet, vanities and shower sets are also featured. Garbe's offers things for collectors as well: porcelain birds and animals, chinaware, and miniatures. "People enjoy beautiful things in their homes" says Garbe. "We enjoy merchandising things that make people happy."
Garbe's strategy must be working. In 1994, his employee staff grew by 25% to maintain the level of personal sales attention unique to Garbe's. "You just can't get our kind of one-on-one attention and sales knowledge at most retail centers," Garbe adds.
Garbe plans for more sales and employment growth. "We're seeing a new generation of customers coming in just as their parents did twenty years ago," notes Garbe. "That's what we're all about, family. Building long-standing relationships with customers, employees, builders, and remodelers has been the key to our repeat business and overall success."