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Why Bell's?


First time visitors are frequently amazed at the huge assortment of distinctive furniture brands offered at West Michigan's leading home furnishings store! Bell's idea-filled room settings are both beautiful and fashionable, and you'll find wonderful pieces for every room in your home throughout our more than 40,000 square feet of tasteful displays. Whether you're seeking traditional, transitional, country, cottage or urban furnishings... we're sure you'll find what you're looking for at Bell's!


If you like fine quality, you'll love Bell's! Our huge gallery offers dozens of fabulous room settings featuring the latest in furniture fashion and is often referred to as the "best-displayed" furnishings showroom in all of Michigan! Bell's is home to such prestigious name brands as Lexington, Stanley, Leather Italia, Canadel, Vaughan-Bassett, Flexsteel, La-Z-Boy, Rowe, Hammary, Norwalk, Smith Brothers and Hooker... just to name a few!


While our broad selection and superior quality are reason enough to shop Bell's, we also go to great lengths to offer you the very best prices in West Michigan on all of the fine products that we carry. Both our Main Store and Clearance Center locations in downtown Whitehall (with such low overhead) enable us to offer surprising savings on furnishings that you may have thought were beyond your budget -- and get FREE LOCAL DELIVERY! Stop in soon and shop the best at Bell's!


Company History

An old sepia toned photograph of what is now Bell's of Whitehall Clearance Center.

Currently Bell's Clearance Center

An old sepia toned photograph of Colby Street in downtown Whitehall.

Downtown Whitehall

Bell’s of Whitehall got its name from the original owner, George Bell, who first opened the doors in 1954. Gene Thielman bought the store a short time later and his son Chuck Thielman became a full-time partner after graduating from college in the early 1970’s. The Thielmans had a two-pronged strategy for converting the small-town shop into a regional attraction --- expanding the size of the store and improving its products. Several adjacent buildings were purchased over the years, the walls were knocked out and the showroom galleries were gradually expanded into what currently includes more than 40,000 square feet. All the while, as the store continued to grow, the Thielmans continued to seek out only the finest makers in the furniture industry - names that today have come to include such prestigious designer brands as La-Z-Boy, Lexington, Hooker, Stanley, Smith Brothers, Flexsteel, Canadel and many, many more! Following on the success of the Main Store, Bell’s Clearance Center was opened in the summer of 1994. A building was rented and only intended to serve as the location for a temporary three month clearance sale. However, the event was met with so much positive response that the Thielmans elected not only to continue the permanent operation of a “Discount Center”, but also to relocate and expand upon it. Since ‘94, what has become known as “The Bargain Hunter’s Paradise” has grown into several thousand square feet of showroom space spread across two full levels and located within easy walking distance of Bell’s Main Store on Colby Street. Today, Bell’s is still owned by the Thielman family and continues to remain focused on the traditions of quality and value that have made it the “first choice” of furniture shoppers for more than 60 years.

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