Get to know your Traverse City, MI area flooring experts
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DAVE SUTTON Skipper, Owner
After being in the floor covering industry for over 40 years I can honestly say I am having the best time of my career. My staff today is the most enjoyable team of professionals I have ever worked with, and I look forward to coming to work every day. I opened Carpet Galleria in 1986 after being blessed to have worked for some of the finest people in retail management throughout the country.
I am a proud third-generation native of Traverse City, growing up here was almost a dream. I have seen Traverse City grow from a sleepy Northern Michigan town to one of the most incredible places to live in all of America. Those of us who call Traverse City and the entire Grand Traverse area home are some of the most fortunate people around.
Carpet Galleria started out in a small 3500 square foot home in Downtown TC. We moved into a 5000 square foot home in 1990 located on Garfield Avenue, in 2005 we moved into our present 11,000 square foot showroom also located on Garfield Avenue. Our showroom was designed to bring in as much natural sunlight as possible so the colors you see here are the same colors you see at home.
My wife Julie and I have been working together in the business for over 25 years. Our two “Westies”, Maxwell and Stanley, can be found roaming around the showroom throughout the day. When closing time comes you will find us out sailing around West Bay in the warm months or enjoying our quiet wintertime together in our home located just a few minutes away in Morgan Farms.
My staff and I look forward to seeing you soon. You will find shopping here at Carpet Galleria a pleasureful experience!
JULIE SUTTON Area Rug Manager
I started working for Dave in 1990. He had just moved Carpet Galleria from downtown to Garfield. We were married in 1995, and continue to successfully live and work together. I am primarily involved with area rugs – the artwork for the floor! We attend international markets to select the best rugs for today's home decor. Our collections are merchandised beautifully in our new showroom. Come in to see our extensive selection.
When not in the store Dave, myself, and our two Westies, Maxwell and Stanley enjoy sailing and “walkie dog” time.
I look forward to helping you select the perfect rug for your home – see you soon!
BARBARA SMART Sales/Design
I have been with Carpet Galleria for ten years now, and we have grown together like family. My life (and hair) is ever-changing; with a young child, home remodeling, and future goals, I have always had the support of my Carpet Galleria family. It is that loving relationship that makes me really proud to be a part of this team.
I grew up in Saginaw and earned a degree in Interior Design. After moving to the Grand Rapids/Holland area I became involved in floor covering. I have enjoyed the challenge of working with many different clients and their homes, helping people solve design problems.
I have adopted the tile/stone area as my on-going, evolving specialty. There are so many things that these materials have to offer. I try to keep the showroom stocked with good basics to get started, and lots of beautiful accents to help inspire and take the design to the next level. I look forward to meeting you and helping make confident design and flooring decisions for your home.
HEATHER LOMAN Sales/Design
I am a down-stater from Three Rivers, Michigan where much of my family remains. After high school I attended Columbus College of Art and Design for two years before transferring to Kendall College of Art and Design where I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Interior Design. After college, I jumped on a plane and started the next phase of my life in Sandpoint, Idaho. I began my interior design career at Amberleaf Designs. I worked there for four years until I had my first child, Rylee. I took a little time off before I started working in the world of flooring for Sandpoint Furniture Carpet One. I adored my life in Idaho, but I started missing my Michigan family. Six years ago I moved my husband Nathan and daughters Rylee and Carolina, back to Michigan. We have enjoyed the area and what it has to offer our family.
I have been part of the Carpet Galleria family for four years now. I feel grateful to have such a beautiful showroom to walk our clients through. With a degree in Interior Design, I enjoy assisting in creating timeless and personable spaces.
SHANNON TUCKER Sales/Design
Although I was born down south in Fort Smith, Arkansas, home has always been in Northern Michigan for me. After graduating from Benzie Central High School I began pursuing my passion for design at Baker College of Cadillac. I earned my degree in Architectural Technology, focusing on sustainability and green building. Shortly after graduation, I was welcomed into the Carpet Galleria family, where I’ve had the chance to gain the kind of industry experience that just can’t come from a classroom. I love the opportunities I have to apply the unique skills of architectural design in floor covering design.
I currently live in Copemish, MI with my husband, Zachary, and our cats. We love to travel and experience this gorgeous state. I also have a deep passion for music and classical performance, so when I’m not at work you’ll find me getting to every festival or concert I can or playing instruments of my own.
I’m so glad to have the opportunity to arm clients with the tools they need to make their visions come to life, along with the inspiration I gain from the beautiful homes I get to work in.
ELKE STEPHENS Accountant
Now that I have been the Accountant at Carpet Galleria for a few years, I feel I am getting up to speed with retail sales and flooring and adding value to the team. There will always be more to learn as this is a constantly changing industry. This also makes every day interesting and new.
I love to learn about the products we sell from the sales staff and see all the beautiful new things that come into the store on a daily basis. Beautiful colorful rugs, decorative tiles, and lots more!
On my off time, I love to garden, cook and am an avid reader. I also love to take walks with my husband Jon and Labrador Retriever, Tessi.
I’m proud to work for Carpet Galleria who has a reputation for carrying the best flooring around!
JUSTIN OLM Operations Manager
I have been with Carpet Galleria as Operations Manager since June 2017. My experience with Carpet Galleria actually began some years ago when I was working in the warehouse while going to school at Northwestern Michigan College. Even then, I enjoyed the environment and the people associated with Carpet Galleria.
I grew up in Traverse City and graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor's degree in business. As Carpet Galleria’s Operations Manager I am always coordinating and communicating with our suppliers, our installation professionals, and our clients to create the installations that our clients expect. I truly enjoy participating in the process of improving and beautifying home and work environments.
I am thrilled to be back in Traverse City, living and working in the place I have been lucky enough to call home. I truly look forward to making my career at Carpet Galleria, and I am honored to be a member of a team that includes so many talented and dedicated professionals.