Fowler Brothers Company began in 1885 by James G Sterchi. He started selling goods door to door out of a horse drawn buggy. He and is brother, John Calvin Sterchi, and his son in law, John O Fowler, opened Sterchi Brothers and Fowler, located in downtown Chattanooga, in 1911. In 1930, Fowler Brothers Company was incorporated in Chattanooga and Knoxville. The first Chattanooga store was located next to the Tivoli Theatre at Seventh and Broad Streets. Currently, Fowler Brothers Company operates as The Furniture Shoppe and The Patio Shop off I-24 at Fourth Avenue in Chattanooga. This is the only location operated by family members of the original Fowler Brothers Company.