WHO WE ARE: 1960 – TODAY
1960: Al and Bea Davis start a small antique and used furniture store, Al Davis Furniture, in the Hillcrest section of San Diego.
1970s: Al begins selling new furniture by catalog – allowing customers to buy high quality, USA made and imported furniture at deep discounts. Catalog sales continue today.
1981: son Bob Davis launched the mattress specialty store Mattress World at the same location – helping San Diegans find quality mattresses at great prices. Fine brands include Organic Mattress Inc, Diamond Mattress, Aireloom Handcrafted, Chattam & Wells, Spring Air and more.
2014: New website www.GentleHome.com reflects focus on all natural bedding and home furnishings, replacing www.DavisWorld.com
2015: Third generation Sarah Davis and Darrell Smith join the team, bringing experience in medicine, health care, midwifery, politics, logistics, business, and the US Navy to Mattress World & Al Davis Furniture.
Sarah Davis was born and raised in San Diego. She grew up running around Mattress World & Al Davis Furniture but never expected to one day come back to work in the store as she turned to maternal-child health. As a licensed midwife and lactation consultant, Sarah serves families in the greater San Diego area during pregnancy, birth and postpartum, as well as serving as a maternal-child health policy advocate. She brings her passion for health and wellness to Mattress World & Al Davis Furniture, helping customers find perfect sleep solutions with a calm manner and no-pressure sales. Sarah loves being mom to Lucía, age 6, who helps arrange the pillow displays at the store.
Darrell Smith, originally from Ohio, served as a hospital corpsman in the US Navy, a clinical research scientist with the Navy and in supply and logistics for the Veterans Administration. He has studied science, medicine and business administration and brings these perspectives to his customers as they choose their mattresses, bedding accessories and furniture. His daughter Maya, age 10, tests out mattresses and helps out around the office.
Bob Davis joined his parents at Al Davis Furniture in the 1970s, and has helped thousands of San Diegans and online shoppers nationwide purchase high quality furniture and mattresses with great prices and impeccable customer service. He was the first in San Diego to bring all-natural latex mattresses to customers seeking chemical-free, non-toxic mattresses. He’s enjoying semi-retirement with his wife Antonia, son and daughter-in-law Taylor and Jessica, and granddaughters Cali and Lucía.