Mattress 1st and Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce hold luncheon

BRIDGEPORT — The Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a luncheon Friday morning at Wilson’s Mattress 1st store.

Wilson’s Mattress 1st celebrated the first anniversary of the store’s opening in April. The mattress retailer serves as an addition to the Wilson family’s furniture store, which has been operating in the same location since 1898. Owner Jason Wilson represents the fifth generation of Wilson store owners and operates the mattress store alongside the furniture store.

“Consumers want specific items,” he said. “Our world of retail is being specialized.”

He said Mattress 1st sells only quality mattresses with a knowledgeable sales staff. It sells specialty mattresses and pillows from Serta and Beautyrest.

Anne Gallagher, member of the chamber of commerce, helped organize the event with the other chamber members.

“They called me and asked me to get something together,” Gallagher said.“It’s the same thing we do with business after hours. It’s a way to get businesses together to support (other) businesses,” she said.

The chamber usually does one or two promotions a year, and typically holds them after 5 p.m. in a promotional initiative called Business after Hours that aims to build local business connections.

Wilson took the chamber members through the store showing the array of mattresses available. The mattresses cater to a number of different needs, come in multiple sizes and range anywhere from $300 to $2,500. A few of the chamber members even tried out the mattresses, lying down and participating in the demonstrations.

The event was catered by Ideal Provisions, a food truck company that specializes in barbecue fare. Owner Dino Barath sets up his food truck in the Mattress 1st lot every Wednesday and Friday and has been running the company in West Virginia and Ohio for six years.