About Us

Beaufort, SC’s Favorite Furniture Store Since 1972!

The Furniture & Services You Deserve

We believe our huge selection and Best Price Guarantee make us the top local place to shop for home furnishings.

Rich In History

FWDG was founded in 1972, by then 20 year-old Larry Mark and his Father, Ernest. The Mark Family dates back to 1904 in the Beaufort area and is proud of the legacy created by three generations.

FWDG serves furniture needs throughout the Lowcountry. The store is the source for quality home furnishings in Beaufort, Bluffton, Hardeeville, Hilton Head, Okatie, Ridgeland, Seabrook, Walterboro, and Charleston. Those from the Coastal Empire of Georgia, including Savannah, Rincon, Port Wentworth, and Pooler also trust FWDG to furnish their homes. 

Proud Furniture 1st Members

While independently owned, FWDG is a member (and Board Member) of the award-winning nationwide cooperative Furniture First. Through this organization, we can pass discounts on to you, our guest.

Lowcountry’s Best Awards

19 Years

Beaufort Gazette Reader’s Choice Award – 19 years in a row

2022

Island Packet Beaufort Gazette's Lowcountry's Best Award Winner

2021

Island Packet Beaufort Gazette's Lowcountry's Best Award Winner

2021

Sea Island Rotary Club - Ethics in Business Award

2021

Beyond the Top Award from Furniture Today

2020

Explore Beaufort’s Best Furniture Store

2019

Lowcountry’s Best (Beaufort Gazette) Winner

2019, 2018

Eat Sleep Play Beaufort – Best Furniture Store

2018, 2017

Island News Best Furniture Store

2018, 2017

Eat Sleep Play Beaufort – Best Furniture Store

Lowcountry's Best Winner 2022

Our Team

Photography by Gustavo Rattio of Oceano Blue

Larry Mark

Owner and Founder

FWDG was founded in 1972, by 20-year-old Larry Mark and his father, Ernest. The Mark Family dates back to 1904 in the Beaufort area and is proud of the legacy created by 3 generations.

Kevin Gadson

Kevin Gadson

General Manager

Kevin has worked in furniture sales and management for more than 20 years. A Navy veteran, he is a native of Hilton Head Island. He enjoys golfing and spending time with his family.

Beth Bonds

Beth Bonds

HR & Financing Manager

Beth is a native-born South Carolinian, born in Charleston and raised there and in the surrounding Low Country area. She has recently happily returned home from a long “visit” to Houston, Texas that lasted over 35 years, where her son and grandson still reside. A University of South Carolina alum, majoring in Business Administration and Accounting, she also attended the University of Texas – Arlington for further Tax Accounting studies and Cornell University (remotely) where she received her Strategic Human Resource Management Certification. The experience she brings to FWDG includes that of Business Owner, Controller, and Business/HR Manager. Beth is thrilled to be back home with family and lifelong friends and to have joined the FWDG team.

Kim Crumrine

Kim Crumrine

Assistant General Manager

Growing up on Hilton Head Island as a teen, Kim helped her parents with their local business, The Sign of the Mermaid, which, interestingly, was a gift shop that helped local designers furnish villas and houses. Over the years, she has worked for various companies such as Bed Bath & Beyond, Casual Corner, and most recently Zales. Wanting to continue her skills in customer service but in a different niche, she was drawn to FWDG. After having explored life outside of the area, she is glad to be home and looking  forward to developing new relationships and a new chapter.

Lucinda Brookins

Office Manager

Lucinda has worked at FWDG for 13 years and has been the office manager for 12 years. Originally from Gibson, GA, she has lived in Beaufort for 40 years. When not at work, she loves to spend weekends with her husband, Roy, visiting their son, David, daughter-in-law, Kathryn, daughter, Katie, and son-in-law, Tyler. She also enjoys reading, crafting, and exploring the creeks of the Lowcountry in a paddleboat.

Craig Loadholt

Warehouse manager

Craig was born in New York and raised in the Lowcountry. He began his journey at FWDG as a warehouse worker in May 2015. Within five years, he was promoted to warehouse manager. His customer-centric approach consistently earns our delivery team five-star ratings. He loves seeing our customers’ smiling faces when they receive their new furniture.

Melissa Haas

Buyer

After being raised as a Midwest girl, I finally realized my dream of moving to South Carolina and can start and end my day with a walk on the beach! Now that our three sons are grown and scattered, I love living here and getting to know so many wonderful new people! The family atmosphere here at FWDG has been so gracious and welcoming. It is my pleasure to join FWDG and to contribute to this talented and experienced team by bringing my education and experience with me into my position here. I studied Fashion Merchandising with additional courses in Interior Design and have spent my career in roles of Retail Purchasing, Management, and Visual Merchandising. Home Decorating has been a passion for me and I have continued studying home decorating and design. It is so rewarding to help others create the look they desire for their own homes.

Angela Coxe

Marketing coordinator

Born in Maryland and raised in four other states, Angela considers herself a native South Carolinian as she’s lived in SC for most of her life. After graduating from Trident Technical College, she was excited to land her first marketing job with FWDG. Before handling the marketing for the furniture store, she helped a nonprofit blossom. Now, her passion lies in inciting enthusiasm for shopping at FWDG. 

 In her personal life, she loves kaizen, also known as continuous self-improvement, and engages in reading, realistic drawing, and learning Japanese to strengthen her mind. She dreams of traveling to Japan once becoming fluent in the language.

Ella Hunt

Ella Hunt

Visual Display Coordinator

Born and raised in Washington state, Ella moved to South Carolina after getting married in June of 2021. While she sometimes misses the mountains, scenery, and extensive coffee scene of the northwest, she loves living in the South and especially loves the weather here. 

Ella began working at FWDG in April 2022. Since arriving, she’s made the store feel, cozy, comfortable, and homelike. Thanks to her, our guests can envision how the furniture will look and feel in their own homes.

Sherry Kollar

Design Consultant

Sherry is from a small town in Maine where she started her own business after graduating from the University of Southern Maine. She moved to South Carolina in 1985 after she married her wonderful husband, Anthony, who is a native of Beaufort. 

Working at FWDG since August of 2003, Sherry proves that “FWDG is a great place to work.” As a design consultant, she finds it fun and fulfilling to help people create beautiful living spaces, and she also served as sales manager for 5 years.

Beverly Sciaretta

Beverly Sciaretta

Design Consultant

Starting in sales at 17 years old in one of Ohio and Pennsylvania’s largest furniture stores, Beverly has enjoyed more than 3 decades in furniture sales. Prior to coming to the Lowcountry, Beverly owned her own store, selling furniture, gifts, and decor. Deciding to leave Ohio, she sold her business to another family member. Once in South Carolina, she found another wonderful family-owned furniture store in FWDG. Here at FWDG, Beverly has helped many clients make their homes beautiful and comfortable. With her experience in selling and building furniture with her father, she has many ideas to help transform your house into a home.

 
 
Sheena Morrall

Sheena Morrall

Design Consultant

Sheena has spent over 25 years in Retail Sales. She has an eye for design, putting colors together, and raises the bar for sales performance. Sheena is known for her professional presentation and personable nature. “I’m indescribably thankful for the people, buyers, sellers, friends, family, and my husband of 29 years who have been a part of the story. I’m here to create your beautiful home.

Sheena joined the team at FWDG in 2017. In addition to her professional achievements, Sheena is active in her church, volunteering as an adult praise dancer and youth praise stick dance teacher. Sheena also likes bird watching. “It’s my sweetest escape.

Joan Carter

Joan Carter

Design consultant

Born in Ohio, Joan moved to Bluffton 22 years ago from Huntsville, AL to manage The Patio Shoppe, one of FWDG’s sister stores. When that store closed in 2008, she joined the FWDG family. Joan has been in retail sales since the early 80s when she worked in her family’s casual furniture store in Florida, followed by managing other retail stores and owning her own business in Huntsville. She studied Fashion Merchandising and continuing education in Interior Design.

Joan loves working with her clients and helping them obtain a beautiful home within the budget they are comfortable with. Joan is known for her knowledge base in furniture and for helping you find what you need.
Joan is blessed to have three daughters that live in Bluffton along with 5 amazing grandchildren. In her spare time, you will see her at various football/baseball/softball fields throughout the season.

Beth Johnson

Design Consultant

Beth grew up in Washington D.C. She joined the FWDG family in 2022 after moving to Beaufort from Colorado. She’s always been passionate about design and historical architecture and earned her B.A. in Interior Design. 

Beth brings 20 years of design experience with her to help our guests. She believes a home should be an oasis and full of personality. She loves working with our diverse selection of products to create the home of each client’s dreams one room at a time while accommodating all budgets.

Cathy Culbreth

Cathy Culbreth

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

 Cathy was born in SC and has lived in the Palmetto State most of her life.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Charleston Southern University. She joined the FWDG family in 2018.
 
Kianna Britton

Kianna Britton

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Kianna Britton, a Beaufort native, has served as an Administrative Assistant for over 10 years. Having worked on the military and civilian side, she is very experienced in many different roles of admin, including call center, motor pool service manager, retail office assistant, etc. She aspires to be the best at everything she does and won’t stop until she reaches every goal she has set for herself.

Jean Pender

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Although she grew up in Maine, Jean has called South Carolina home since 1980. She began working at FWDG in September 2022. When she’s not helping our guests order furniture, she’s pursuing her B.A. in Business Administration to add to her A.B.A. degree. Jean loves working with everyone at FWDG as much as everyone enjoys her.

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