China Towne is named after its historic building, the old Iroquois China Factory, and we are proud to have preserved factory artifacts, architecture and machinery that are displayed throughout the store today.
China Towne Furniture & Mattress, the One Big Store in Solvay, is proud to provide the Syracuse, Greater Syracuse and Upstate New York region with the biggest and best selection of mattresses & home furnishings. We know how important finding the perfect pieces for your home is, and we want to make your shopping experience enjoyable and exceed your expectations. We are a 46 year old local family owned and operated business and have derived our name, China Towne Furniture & Mattress, from our beautiful historic building which was once the Iroquois China Factory where china dishware was manufactured right here in Solvay where we still reside today. We have a professional team of Sales Design Consultants who will help you find and design your dream room of any kind- living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, kids & teen’s rooms, recliners and reclining furniture, theatre seating, occasional tables, lighting and lamps, wall art and accessories, area rugs and much more! We have over 55,000 square feet of showroom including our beautiful Mattress First Sleep Center where our certified sleep specialists will help you choose the right mattress for your lifestyle and allow you to sleep better tonight! We are open 7 days a week and offer same day white glove delivery as well as complimentary in home design services.
1970: The Opening of Our Mattress &Furniture Stores Near Syracuse, NY
In 1970, John and Rita Yennock purchased the Iroquois China building. The building was full of leftover china. In the lower portion of the factory John created his own Syracuse production of furniture cabinets. In the upper portion he sold the remaining china from Iroquois China Factory.
From the 1970s to today, China TowneFurniture & Mattress began as and remains a family business. Many of our customers may remember when China Towne Furniture & Mattress carried wallpaper, paint, carpeting, appliances, knick-knacks, clothing, and even cars!
This is where the name China TowneFurniture & Mattress comes from. Examples of Iroquois China - now pieces of art - are proudly on display in our furniture & mattress showroom today. As the supply of china was sold there was soon room for other items to be sold from the store, and we started filling the showroom with quality furniture and mattresses.
1975: Expanding Our Mattress &Furniture Stores in Syracuse, NY
In the mid 1970’s China Towne Furniture & Mattress expanded to a building in downtown Syracuse and a small shop in North Syracuse. In 1975 John purchased a three story building on North State Street in Syracuse called the Furniture Barn and started selling furniture.
1984: The Second Generation of Our Syracuse, NY Mattress & Furniture Stores
In the 1980's the Solvay showroom expanded to accommodate this growing portion of the business. In 1984 John's son, Jay, took over the family business. The growth of the company continued. It was then that Jay decided to simplify the business and focus on furniture and mattresses. Further expansion saw new locations in North Syracuse, and then Cicero. This was the beginning of the China Towne Furniture & Mattress of today.
The next generation of China Towne Furniture & Mattress continues today. Jay’s daughter, Morgan, joined the family business in the Operations Department following her graduation from LeMoyne College in 2013.
2007: Delivery Service From Our Mattress &Furniture Stores Near Syracuse, NY
In September 2007 China Towne Furniture & Mattress launched its White Glove Delivery Service with personalized and exemplary customer service on furniture and mattresses.
2008: From Mattress &Furniture Stores Across Syracuse, NY To One Big Store In Solvay
In an effort to further enhance and improve quality service in 2008, the decision was made to consolidate all sales professionals and resources to the Solvay location creating the “One Big Store in Solvay."
With our furniture and mattress showroom, design consultants, and our big warehouse all in one location we are able to ensure that every aspect of your experience with us is to your satisfaction —all in a friendly and focused atmosphere. China Towne Furniture & Mattress proudly serves the Syracuse & Greater Syracuse Area with brand name, quality furniture & mattresses, including white glove delivery. These areas include but are not limited to: Syracuse, Cazenovia, Fayetteville, Nedrow, Chittenango, Bridgeport, Brewerton, Canandaigua, Dryden, Fabius, Oswego, the Finger Lakes, Cortland, Tully, Binghamton, Buffalo, Rochester, Albany, Watertown, Gouveneur, Lowville, Pulaski, Central Square, Auburn, New Hartford, Norwich, Utica, Rome, Verona, Memphis, Weedsport, Fulton and many many more!
To honor his father’s tradition of working with the community, Jay partnered with The Village of Solvay Electric department and decided to install a solar panel array on the roof of China Towne Furniture & Mattress’s showroom and warehouse. This array allows China Towne Furniture & Mattress to use the power, and help ease the community’s dependency on fossil fuels.
Today in our showroom you see a ghost of the past in the sandblaster from the days of Iroquois China, and glimpses of the future when you look up to see our solar panels reaching for the sky.
ChinaTowne Furniture and Mattress Installs the First Commercial Solar Energy System in Solvay; It’s “Switched” on November 15, 2010.
To do our part in conserving energy and acting sustainably we have made the switch to solar power by installing 90 high efficiency polycrystalline solar modules atop their 100,000 sq. ft. furniture store to power our offices and retail establishment.
We are committed to being a leader in environmentally responsible retailing and have launched a committed, integrated approach with the goal of long-term resource sustainability.
Our President Jay Yennock says, "Being green is something everyone’s talking about – but it's important to do something about it. We believe it’s a responsibility for every successful company here in Central New York. Launching a green initiative that makes a significant impact does require some investment – but it’s an investment we believe is necessary. We hope to inspire other businesses and consumers to follow our lead!"
The project was co-funded through rebates with the Independent Energy Efficiency Program. The IEEP is comprised of several municipally owned electric departments in New York State committed to energy-efficient technology that will help Solvay Electric Department customers save money and cut their energy costs.
Jay says "Solar energy is clean, renewable and sustainable, helping to protect our environment. It does not pollute our air by releasing carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide, sulphur dioxide or mercury into the atmosphere like many traditional forms of electrical generations does. Therefore Solar Energy does not contribute to global warming, acid rain or smog."
Now, with the solar panels installed, our company will reduce our energy consumption. While saving money, we are doing our part for the environment. The new system can generate capacity of about 20.7 kilowatts (kW), which will amount to about 15 -20% of our electric requirements.
According to John Montone from Solvay Electric, "China Towne's initiative in the program has led the way for another three commercial applicants in our village. This is good for the environment and good for the village of Solvay. It’s a win-win for everybody both from a responsibility standpoint and an economic standpoint."
In an innovative move, we will have a monitoring system right on the floor in the showroom of our store in Solvay so customers can see how much electricity is being generated at any given time of the day. The same monitoring capability will be displayed on our website as well.
The project was installed by Warner Energy. Warner’s polycrystalline solar modules are the high efficiency, low-cost solution for commercial scale PV systems. Warner is located in Clay New York and was a perfect fit for us as we work with local vendors whenever possible!
We strive each day to bring you an excellent experience for you and your family—from our China Towne Mattress & Furniture Store family.