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Unlike some little girls, Typhannie Watson didn’t dream of becoming a teacher or princess when she was a kid- she wanted to go into flooring sales. Following in the footsteps of her father, Mike Faust, Typhannie is now the Vice President of the family-owned carpeting company. Initially founded in 1973, Faust retired this summer, due to health reasons, leaving his daughter to pursue her dream and take over the family business. Mike remains a main source of advice and insight. “ I was always there helping my dad when he was doing installations,” Watson said. “I would pick up scraps and vacuum after him. My pay back then was in ice cream cones,” she laughed. Located in Somerset, the company serves all the flooring needs of St. Croix Valley Area.
A state of the art showroom was updated in 2019 in Somerset’s industrial park, where potential clients can actually see and feel what their flooring options are before they make their final decision. “I want to make sure people know we do so much more than just residential work, too,” Watson said. “We really do it all. Everything from residential to commercial to schools, wood floors, vinyls, tiling, laminate whatever it is your needs are, we can do it,” she said. To make sure customers really know what they want and need, Carpeting by Mike offers a complimentary estimate service, to help figure out what the right option is for a client’s space. On top of that, a 10-year installation warranty is guaranteed, which Watson says is unheard of in the flooring industry. “We really are just a very customer and service focused company,” Watson said. “We are old school in that we want to know who we’re working with, and have that handshake mentality before contracts and everything.”
Watson, Faust, and their family are also very involved in the Somerset community. They donate flooring to the schools and different families in need, active board members on the Chamber and different Foundations in Somerset. “We are very humbled to have made this our living and really appreciate the community,” Watson said. “We try to be there for them since they’ve supported us for so long.” Will a third generation be taking over this flooring dynasty? Perhaps, Watson says. “My daughter Isabella will hopefully becoming the third generation to take over the business when the day comes,” she said. Only time will tell. Until then, Watson and family will keep serving Western Wisconsin, one flooring installation at a time.