Keith and Kevin Koenig are two brothers who know business! In 1971, Kevin opened a waterbed store in the basement of a house that he eventually grew into a small business called Waterbed City in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Kevin sold $29.95 king size waterbeds by day and cut frames in the back of his shop at night. Keith officially joined his brother as a partner in Waterbed City in 1975 after graduating from the University of Florida.
Along with Garry Ikola (current VP of Sales for City Furniture), Mike Lennon (now retired after 37 years with the company) and Steve Wilder (current CFO/CIO of City Furniture), they grew the business throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s. Waterbeds became increasingly popular during this time and more Waterbed City locations opened throughout southern Florida. However, in 1989 water bed sales started to decline and over the next few years, the team began evolving the business.
In 1994, City Furniture opened their very first showroom in North Miami. In 1995, all Waterbed City locations were converted to City Furniture stores and 20 years later, City Furniture is now the #1 furniture retailer in South Florida. City Furniture employs over 1,300 associates who help grow their business and provide excellent customer service every day.
Continuing to evolve their business, Kevin and Keith built the Kevin Charles Fine Upholstery factory in Mississippi and opened Ashley Furniture Home Stores in South Florida. Style, quality and value are at the core of everything they do to this day.
In addition to making great furniture, City Furniture is very environmentally mindful and may be the “greenest” furniture company in the United States and throughout the world. They have built six LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Certified City Furniture and Ashley Furniture HomeStore showrooms, more than any other retailer. Over 95 percent of their waste is recycled, including cardboard, paper, plastic, and EPS/Styrofoam. Kevin Charles sofas and sectionals feature bio-degradable soy-based cushions.
Revolution is proud to provide fabric to this upstanding family owned company that sets a high standard and example for furniture retailers everywhere. “Keith Koenig and City Furniture have supported STI for many years, and City was one of the first top 100 retailers to embrace the Revolution Performance Fabric brand, which has been a huge success for both companies. We’re truly honored to have such a close relationship with such an innovative and growing retailer,” says Sean Gibbons, CEO of STI.
To learn more about City Furniture, please watch the video below.