A CARPET business set up in Penzance 45 years ago is still going strong with the same owner at the helm.
Mel Davies has successfully been running Millhouse Carpets since the late 1960s, first on the prom then from premises in Victoria Place.
Around the turn of the century, Millhouse Carpets moved to its current shop in Chapel Street, which has become well known to its loyal band of customers for the haphazard nature of the carpet display – piles of samples scattered over the floor.
Now however, that has been consigned to history as the shop has been refurbished to help celebrate its anniversary.
The old samples have been cleared away, modern display stands put on the walls with samples from the Lifestyle range, one of which has been fitted on the shop floor.
Another feature of the anniversary will be a month-long sale which continues until the middle of next month – up to 15 per cent is being knocked off everything on the Lifestyle Flooring range.
And you can get an extra 5 per cent discount if you take along the Millhouse Carpets advert on page 10 when you order.
The business is a real family enterprise as Mel's sons, Stuart and Robert, not only help with the day-to-day running of the business they are also part of the fitting team.
All the fitters have at least 20 years of experience.
Rob said: "Everything we do is completely in-house, from measuring, planning, quoting, uplifting and removal of old flooring then fitting of new.
"We are also happy to take pattern books along to our customers so they can choose their new flooring in the comfort of their own homes if they so wish.
"And we don't just deal with carpets; we also sell and fit vinyl and wooden and natural flooring, as well as safety flooring, both commercial and domestic."
Mel added that he had met a fantastic variety of people over the past 44 years, some becoming good friends and most remaining loyal customers.
To this day Mel continues to enjoy his banter with customers old and new.