DOLLAR BAY - Dollar Bay Linoleum & Tile Co. has a rich history in the Copper Country.
Established by Clem Banfield in 1943, the business first opened as the Dollar Bay Department Store, offering small community necessities such as toys, furniture, sewing supplies and what is today's business's specialty - floor coverings.
Presently owned by Bob, Clem's son, Bob began working for his father well before his teenage years, and has helped the company grow into a floor covering and ceiling tile supplier for residential and commercial customers. Operating the business alongside their father are sons, Brad and Travis, who like their father, started out in the family business at a young age.
Photos courtesy of Dollar Bay Linoleum and Tile
Above shows Dollar Bay Linoleum & Tile Co., located on the corner of Main Street and Highway M-26/Banfield Avenue in Dollar Bay. Owned by Bob Banfield, the company is a floor covering and ceiling tile supplier for residential and commercial customers.
"I've been involved with the business since I was a young man. I have learned a lot from the knowledgeable employees and especially from my experiences out in the field learning their tricks of the trade," Travis said.
Brad has also been with the company for over 30 years and is one of the highly experienced installers, who specializes in floor covering and ceiling tile installation.
Inside the store showroom, located on the corner of Main Street and Highway M-26/Banfield Avenue, customers will find a wide variety of samples for floor coverings by many manufacturers.
Dollar Bay Linoleum & Tile has laminate, porcelain and ceramic tile, sheet vinyl, residential and commercial carpeting, as well as, solid and engineered pre-finished hardwood floors. They also carry luxury vinyl products such as Karndean, Mannington and Congoleum.
"This is one of the fastest growing categories of flooring," Bob said. "Each one offers tile and wood visuals with many benefits without compromising the looks."
Customers will also find area rugs, rug binding services, plus cleaning and maintenance products. Cash and carry items are available for those who prefer to install their materials themselves.
Dollar Bay Linoleum & Tile also offers "green" products for the environmentally conscious customer.
"Customers are welcome to take samples home to help them with their selections," Bob said. "It allows them to see if it appeals to them in their home as lighting, furniture and wall color can have a surprising and dramatic effect."
Dollar Bay Linoleum & Tile services customers in the four-county area of Houghton, Keweenaw, Ontonagon and Baraga and offers free estimates. They provide a variety of services from floors and walls to acoustical suspended ceilings for all rooms of the home: kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, porches and even garage floors.
"Floor coverings are our business - it is what we know," Bob said. "Reputation means more than anything."
The Dollar Bay business has built a reputation in the community and throughout the Upper Peninsula for its professionalism and customer service, backed by many years of combined product and installation experience.
"We have a moral obligation to our customers," Bob said. "We pride ourselves in personalized, friendly customer service."
Travis agreed, noting they guarantee customers receive the "utmost in professional care."
A recent customer testimonial sums it up. Carol Norman said, "We are very pleased with the services Dollar Bay offers. They were very helpful with suggestions for a product that would meet our unique needs and Karndean flooring has proved to be an excellent choice. The barnwood finish is so real and gave just the look we wanted in our country kitchen."
Dollar Bay Linoleum & Tile is proud of its employees - installers, office personnel and sales, and service department. They are experienced and devoted to providing their customers with the best care possible from start to finish.
Dollar Bay Linoleum & Tile is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Additional hours are available by appointment. Call 482-5700 for more information.
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