For four generations, the Spitaleri name has brought one thing to mind - GREAT FURNITURE!
The owner, Anthony J. "Skeeter" Spitaleri III proudly talks about how his grandfather, Anthony J. Spitaleri Sr., began the business in South River after coming from the Sicilian village of Campo Fiorito in the province of Palermo. He built the store in 1905 with two floors covering only about half a block and sold not only furniture but also appliances. Spitaleri Furniture is a four story building filling a city block where over 3,000 pieces of furniture are on display in room settings. The entire building is owned by the family so overhead is minimized and the savings passed along to customers. And along with the building, the family's experience has grown.
108 years of experience have funneled to the fourth generation that includes Skeeter's adult children Anthony IV, Jennifer and Justina. They are involved in all aspects of the business and are always making sure that customers are getting the best service and the right furniture for their home. “My father was here when he was 15 and I started working here when I was 14. My children started working here when they were about 17. You more or less eat, drink, and sleep furniture.,” says Skeeter.
The full-service store offers upholstery, tables, wall units, entertainment centers, kitchen sets, bedrooms, bedding, dining rooms, living rooms, recliners and accessories including lamps and artwork. Styles range from country to contemporary, western to eclectic. Customers will find various types of wood throughout the store, including cherry, oak, pine, birch, and ash. "But people do not have to settle for what they see," says Skeeter. "Everything is available in a variety of options. It's always the customers' choice of fabrics, finishes and colors.” The store is well designed with furniture set up and displayed almost as if it’s in your own home to give an idea of what a complete living room, dining room or bedroom will look like.