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Southern Waterbeds & Futons' Hardman Celebrating 35th Business Anniversary


November 4, 2010 - Southern Waterbeds & Futons owner/operator Lynn Hardman of Athens, Georgia, is celebrating his 35th year of owning his retail business.


He began his career in 1975 in a 12' by 12' booth in the old Athens Flea Market, located where the Classic Center is now. The original shop carried a variety of products including parts and accessories for waterbeds. That venture grew and expanded with the focus being on waterbeds to become Athens’ first waterbed specialty store and now Southern Waterbeds is the oldest waterbed store in the state of Georgia.


The business was moved to a strip shopping center on the Atlanta Highway in order to be next to the new Georgia Square Mall when it opened in 1981. The store moved again in 1987 to its present location across from the Mall when Mr. Hardman had the opportunity to purchase that property. Futons were then added to the product mix and incorporated into the business name. Building an onsite warehouse for his backup inventory in 1997 also allowed for a showroom expansion to accommodate more sleep selections including memory foam and innerspring mattresses. Other new product categories that have been added include bunk beds and platform beds along with University of Georgia room decor.


Mr. Hardman has developed his online business presence at and he has been a member of the Specialty Sleep Association since its formation in 1995.


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