CONTACTS: Marilyn and James Yearwood, owners of Quality Electronics (Columbus, TX)
Nearly every American small town has its peculiar claim to fame, from groundhogs to hot springs, but Columbus, Texas, a hamlet of 3,600 in between Houston and Austin, happens to have three...and they’re all enormous. When the NFL season kicked off this week, America was watching for not one or two, but three professional players who grew up in Columbus: brothers Matt and Aaron Schobel (a Philadelphia Eagle and Buffalo Bill, respectively) and their cousin, Bo Schobel (a defensive end just dropped in preseason by the Indianapolis Colts but rumored to be a potential Bills pick).
Texas independent electronics retailers Marilyn and James Yearwood, owners of Quality Electronics, a 31-year-old business, know the Schobel families well. “Two of them married girls in Columbus,” says Marilyn. “They all live here in the off-season.”
The Yearwoods say this proximity to the big shots has their already football-crazy customers even more hungry for a home theater experience that will let them follow their hometown dynasty. “Now, most everyone is going to catch a game on the weekend to see how the boys are doing,” says James. “We’ve seen much more interest [in TV products] because it’s just more fun watching a game when you know someone who’s in it.”