|The staff here at The Light Bulb Shop are trained in many aspects of the lighting industry. We strive to meet all of our customers needs and questions, and go to great lengths to make sure that you are satisfied. We have many resources available to make your shopping experience with us a great one. We love it when our customers bring in any old bulbs and fixtures that they are interested in selling, or just want to share the uniqueness of their piece with people who appreciate a unique lighting fixture.
Edwin McGary, Owner - Edwin McGary’s business card says, "See us for any lightbulb made." And he means any.
McGary never imagined the lightbulb business would grow like it has when he founded Lamar Wholesale Supply in 1981. Along with two employees, he sold lightbulbs wholesale to homebuilders and corporations. Five years later, he branched out, started dealing directly to consumers and opened The Lightbulb Shop, with about 500 retail items in boxes in the middle of the floor.
Today, about 14 people work at the company, with probably 40 percent of sales going to large businesses and 60 percent to small businesses and residential customers, he estimated. The shop’s inventory has grown as customers with special lighting needs return for replacement bulbs and advertise to their friends by word-of-mouth - the shop's primary marketing method.
"Helping somebody makes you feel good. It used to be, we’d ship boxes somewhere," McGary said. "Now, it doesn’t matter if it’s a little old lady needing a bulb for her makeup mirror, or someone wanting to replace all the lightbulbs in a multimillion dollar house. When you have what they need, their faces light up."
In 2000, the shop moved to its current location on Burnet Road - a great decision, according to McGary, a native Austinite. "I’ve seen Austin grow from a little ol’ bitty thing,” he said. “Where this shop is now, we’d be standing in an open field when I was a kid."
Traci McGary - Vice President and Purchasing Agent
Kelly McGary - Sales Manager and Sales Associate
Mike Chaffin - Vice President and Comptroller
Ronnie Stewart - Warehouse Manager and Sales
Linda Combs - Accounts Receivable and Bookkeeping
Steve Taylor - Sales
Kenny Cohea - Sales
Joe Steiger - Sales
Dean Etienne - Outside Sales