Last updated: November 03. 2013 7:35PM - 1008 Views
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If you are looking to give your home a new look for the holiday season consider changing the carpet or flooring by supporting a tried and true local business.


Silcox Decorating Center has been in business since the 1960s and has many satisfied Middlesboro customers.


Brothers Coye and Larry Silcox began the carpet business at the ground level. They laid flooring throughout the 1960s and 1970s for the former Wiley’s Decorating Den and eventually purchased the business in 1982 and renamed it.


Larry passed away five years ago, but Coye continued to run the flooring center until last year when he passed the business over to his son, Bo Silcox.


Silcox plans to continue to run the business in the same location just as the former generation did, staying true to family values and offering reasonable, competitive flooring prices to the people in the area.


It hasn’t been easy for this business to continue through the changes in the economy over the past 30 years. They say surviving has occurred by keeping things simple and doing the majority of the flooring installations by themselves. With only six employees, they are able to keep hourly costs to a minimum and subcontracting installations only when necessary.


Repeat business from generations of customers in the area has kept their business alive, even through local tough times.


“Sales have been down for the past several years due to the last mining jobs. We’ve really had to deal with the effects of that. We’ve really tried to hang on here,” said Silcox.


Silcox Decorating Center is located at 221 Winchester Ave in Middlesboro. It is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m. until noon.


Reach Kelsey Gerhardt at 606-248-1010 ext. 204, kgerhardt@civitasmedia.com.


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