The Fowler Brothers Company began in 1885 by James G Sterchi. He started by selling goods door to door out of a horse-drawn buggy. In 1911, he and his brother, John Calvin Sterchi, and his son in law John O Fowler, opened Sterchi Brothers and Fowler, located in downtown Chattanooga next to the Tivoli Theatre at Seventh and Broad Street. By 1930, the Fowler Brothers Company was incorporated in both Chattanooga and Knoxville. Fowler Brothers later moved to a new location off I-24 at Fourth Avenue in Chattanooga and took on a new name as The Furniture Shoppe and The Patio Shop. This is the only location currently operated by family members of the original Fowler Brothers Company.
In 2016, Carter Fowler became the president of The Furniture Shoppe and The Patio Shop, now in its fifth generation. In 2020, The Furniture Shoppe and The Patio Shop rebranded back to its roots as Fowler Brothers Co. to highlight the company’s rich history of providing quality furniture to the Chattanooga area for over 138 years. The Fowler Brothers’ commitment to always providing exceptional craftsmanship and service has led to strong customer loyalty that has held steadfast for generations.