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Mike wasn’t sure about his career path, so he began a drapery business from his home. He visited customers, designed window treatments, showed fabrics, and contracted with local seamstresses who
Robinson's Interiors began in 1980, more than 35 years ago. Mike Robinson was 30 years old and had just returned from a summer of bumming around Europe, a trip he remembers as “the trip of a lifetime.” It had been wonderful, but now Mike was ready to get back to what he did well, which was to work hard.
"When it came time to build the new Adventist Medical Center in Hanford, [Randy Dodd] we turned to Robinson's. They have helped us over the years at our former facilities and have always done an outstanding job."
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had emigrated from Japan. “They really knew how to sew,” says Mike, “The training they got in Japan was exceptional. My customers never completely realized what incredible workmanship they got in those drapes.” Soon people were asking him to order and install carpets, too. People trusted Mike to get them the best carpets within their budgets.
One day, Mike woke up and realized his garage was full of carpets and his spare bedroom was full of draperies. He knew he had to so something. “I went down to Chinatown and rented a space. I started my business with a $35 dollar investment and a handshake with my landlord,” said Mike.
Office equipment was sparse. He shared one desk with his secretary, Roberta Milton, who was to remain with the company for 15 years until her passing in 1995. He also had one installer, Danny Boling who was his installer extraordinaire: No one could install carpets faster or better. Danny remains on staff today in quality control.
In 1996, Mike teamed up to become a dealer with CARPET ONE® Flooring & Home. This alliance was critical to ensure the ability of Robinson's Interiors to compete with the big box stores then coming on the market. Because CARPET ONE® is a part of CCA Global Partners — the #1 buyer of all floor covering in the nation — Robinson's Interiors has access to deals on quality carpet that is better than the prices big box stores offer.
Today, Robinson's Interiors Carpet One specializes in floor coverings of all kinds: carpet, wood, tile, vinyl, and laminate. Robinson's regularly competes and successfully wins bids for large commercial projects. The company's fleet of 15 trucks can be seen on the highways of California from Sacramento to Bakersfield and from San Francisco to Los Angeles.
The spirit of the company is best summed up in a statement Mike made while talking about life and football: “You play your heart out, even if it’s an away game and you don’t have fans.”
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