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“Serving the Flathead Valley for Over 30 Years”

In 1974 Dorothy Fisher, Betty Brass, Barbara Altig and Glena Schaefer inherited their mother Blanch Maxine Tonnar’s aparral store, “Tonners Toggery”. Tonnar’s Toggery was built during the construction and boom years of the Hungry Horse Dam.

Four years later In 1979 the four sisters decided to rent out the Tonner’s Toggery building to Dorothy Fisher’s daughter Patsy, and her husband Gilbert Washburn, and their partners Russ and Bobby Walter who started the Trapline Lumber Company. The lumber business grew quickly and eventually evolved into a lumber yard and a Second Hand Store just along highway two between Martin City and Hungry Horse, Montana.

Eventually the Walter family decided to go their own way and Gilbert and Patsy took sole ownership of the small company. The Washburn’s decided to get out of the lumber business and moved their Second Hand Store to Columbia Falls under the name “Gils Store”.

Over time Gils Store added more furniture to their second hand selection. With the new additions of more furniture and mattresses Gils Store out grew its Columbia Falls location.   In search of more space, Gilbert and Patsy found a location with a larger warehouse along Highway 40 between Whitefish and Columbia Falls.

Business was good and Gils was becoming a household name but in the summer of 1992 Gils Store burned down due to an electrical fire.   The entire building and inventory were lost.

By winter of the same year with hard work and perseverance Gilbert and Patsy rebuilt and started again.

The next few years Gils belief in offering his customers the same quality furniture for less paid off. With the business doing well and the growing Flathead Valley, Gil and Patsy decided to purchase the adjacent property to the east of them and built the Gils Store as you know it today.

Today Gils continues to do business in the same location on Highway 40 between Whitefish and Columbia Falls. Gils continues to value it’s customers offering name brand furniture and mattresses for less. Gils got it.

Tashia, Interior Design and Buyer

 

Tashia graduated from Missoula Vo-Tech in 1988 with a degree in merchandising. She enjoys interacting with people and is committed to her community. A Columbia Falls native and the proud mom to Sam, Kyle, Kinzie, and step mom to Baylee, Tashia enjoys spending time with her husband Donel boating, camping, and attending sporting events. She is also the Service Desk Manager at The Wave.

Donel, Marketing, Merchandising, and Buyer

 

Having the opportunity to be a part of the family business brings Donel a great sense of pride. He feels that great customer service is a big part of why Gil’s has been in business for over 32 years. Donel is a graduate of the University of Montana and has worked in media consulting, marketing, and sales for 16 years. He is excited about his new adventure with his wife Tashia and carrying on the family business.

Don, General Manager

 

Don has been the general manager at Gil’s for 11 years and has been in the furniture industry for over 22 years. His product knowledge and customer service is second to none. He enjoys helping his customers find exactly what they are looking for and makes sure that from beginning to end they are completely satisfied.

Keith, Sales

 

Keith has been with Gils since 2006. Keith owned a health food store for over 5 years. Keith believes in listening as much as possible to understand the customer’s needs in order to take care of them. Keith doesn’t feel he’s there to sell furniture; he’s there to help customers.

Tim, Sales and Warehouse Manager

 

Tim has worked for Gil’s Store for 10 years doing delivery, service, and sales. He has always enjoyed working with the public and building relationships with them, not just professionally but on the personal side as well.

Levi, Warehouse and Delivery

 

One of Levi’s main goals is making sure that the customer is satisfied with his performance, his work ethic, and his attitude. In his spare time he enjoys music, fast cars, and doing anything outdoors.

Jamison, Warehouse and Delivery

 

The newest member of Gil’s delivery and warehouse team. In his spare time Jamison loves to cook and enjoys hiking, riding his bike and hanging out with his pets.