After 25 years of making mattresses for homes and businesses in the Ohio Valley, Sweet Dreams Mattress Factory in downtown Wheeling said "goodnight" and closed its doors in late December.
Co-owner Shar Gongola said she and her husband, John, have "had a blast" running the business over the years, but they are closing to develop their other business, SDI Environmental, which will open its new location Feb. 1 at the Park View Professional Center in Wheeling.
"We had 25 nice years that I would not change for a million dollars.We loved every minute of it, and we're grateful to everyone who ever bought a Sweet Dreams mattress," Gongola said. "This was not a financial decision. The decision to close the mattress factory was made solely on what we were going to do with the next chapter of our life."
Photo by Sarah Harmon
Shar and John Gongola show the quilting machine at Sweet Dreams Mattress Factory, located on Main Street in center Wheeling.
Sweet Dreams Mattress Factory, located on Main Street, was the only mattress company in Wheeling to make its own mattresses. It has provided numerous beds for local institutions including Oglebay Park, West Liberty University, Wheeling Jesuit University, Bethany College, Ohio Valley Medical Center, Wheeling Hospital and Good Shepherd Nursing Home since the company's beginning in 1988.
If there was one thing Sweet Dreams was known for, Gongola said, it was the quality, value and service Sweet Dreams provided its customers. Gongola said the company was proud of its standards of excellence.
Sweet Dreams Mattress Factory was founded by Robert C. Jones Sr., who purchased some mattress-making machinery and started a small factory on the corner of 29th and Main streets. Jones' son-in-law, John Gongola, took over as general manager in 1989 and was later joined by Shar, who became retail manager as the product line expanded.