WORTHINGTON — Like many business owners, Ben and Krista Petersen have seen plenty of changes over the years.
The Petersens purchased the Worthington Slumberland store, which opened in December 2000, in May 2002. They moved to Worthington from Emmetsburg, Iowa, where they were involved in the family-owned Peterson Furniture business.
“Technology has increased,” Krista said, looking back on her and Ben’s 17 years at Slumberland. “Two examples of that are the kind of foam that’s used in mattresses and the kind of coil used in mattresses. When we started out in the furniture business, mattresses were also two-sided. Now, most mattresses are one-sided; you don’t flip them. That changed about 15 years ago.
“Also along the technology line, on our website we have the ability to design your room,” she added. “Eighteen to 20 years ago, you were drawing it all on paper and trying to see what you could fit. Now you just click and grab and move things around and virtually look at your room before you make your purchases.”
Yesterday’s adjustable beds have also evolved, she pointed out.
“You could order them off the TV and a lot of people just saw them as hospital beds,” Krista said. “Now we sell a lot of adjustable beds — we call them lifestyle bases, because they improve your lifestyle by improving your sleep quality.”
Slumberland, of course, is about far more than helping customers get a good night’s sleep. It carries everything from reclining chairs to living room, bedroom and dining room furniture.
“You can essentially walk in the door and fill the entire house with furnishings,” Krista said. “We’re a one-stop shop where you can get everything from accessories to main pieces of furniture — including entertainment centers, dining room tables, end tables and occasional tables — to area rugs.”
For bedding, Slumberland carries the Sealy, Tempur-Pedic and Stearns & Foster brands. Other furniture brands available at the store include La-Z-Boy, Franklin and Ashley. Slumberland also offers what Krista explains as “a high-end dining room that comes out of Canada” that’s made by Canadel and is “beautiful furniture.”
Krista noted that one popular trend that’s prevalent at Slumberland is the utilization of the color grey, whether it’s in furniture or carpeting or to compliment an accent wall. The store employs three full-time salespeople who sell all merchandise in the store.
Slumberland has also demonstrated repeatedly over the years that it’s committed to making a difference in the community.
“Homes for the Holidays is something we’ve done almost every year around Christmas since we’ve owned the Slumberland store,” Krista said. “We just feel that every child should have a bed to sleep in.
“We’ve been working with the Head Start program recently, but we’ve had many partners over the years that have helped us find families that needed mattresses for their children. … They get a mattress, box spring and bed frame. I'd say it’s anywhere between 20 and 40 beds that we give each year.”
The Petersens have three children — a 22-year-old and two middle-schoolers. Ben and Krista have continued to enjoy living in, and being part of, Worthington over the years.
“We are very proud to be a part of the Worthington community and to serve southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa,” Krista said. “Over the years, we have donated to many charity and community events.
“We are grateful for all our customers. The Slumberland mission is to improve the life of each customer, and we will work with enthusiasm and care to ensure a positive Slumberland experience.”
Worthington’s Slumberland, located at 1285 Ryan’s Road, is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. The store’s phone number is 376-5882.