A Sturgeon Bay family business that has operated for nearly nine decades closed for business this past week. Malvetz Furniture and Floors on Egg Harbor Road in Sturgeon Bay completed its “Going Out of Business” sale, with the property being officially purchased by Kwik Trip at the end of the month. Owners Dick and Tom Van Den Bogart grew up in the business in the 1970s. Their father Orvel, better known as “Red,” started working for Clarence Malvetz in 1946 after the store moved from its original Fourth Avenue location. In 1970, “Red" purchased Malvetz Furniture with his other son Larry and added the flooring side of the business. Tom and Dick, who bought the company in 1997, share what they will remember most about operating the home furnishings store for the past 25 years.
In the past two weeks, Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore and Sunshine Resources of Door County were beneficiaries of several donated pieces of furniture offered by the Van Den Bogarts and Malvetz Furniture and Floors. As far as their future plans, Tom plans on moving to the Upper Peninsula to be closer to his grandchildren, while Dick and his wife Marilyn plan on staying in the Sturgeon Bay area in retirement.
Tom "Bogie" Van Den Bogart