It all started in the late 1940’s
Nashville Billiard & Patio has been owned and operated by the Gilchrist Family since 1953. Ray Gilchrist got his start in the billiard business back in the late 40’s, at the Saunier Wilhelm plant in Alabama. It was there that he learned all about pool tables. In the early 50’s he moved to Nashville where he took a full time job by day. But Ray’s nights and weekends were spent on the road hitting the small town pool rooms recovering used pool tables. And “Ray’s Billiard Supply” was born.
A few years later he opened a pool room in West Nashville and also sold pool tables out of it. The Gandy pool table was his brand, and he was the very first dealer they ever had. Over the next thirty years he moved his showroom to a few different locations around Nashville. In 1980 he bought the Steepleton store at 927 8th Avenue South.
Then Ray retired
In the early 90’s Ray retired and three of his sons took over the day to day operations. The first decision was to change the name to what it should have been all along: Nashville Billiard Company.
It was well before 1991 when Ray’s sons started working for him. All of them knew about and loved pool tables long before getting a paycheck. When they were little, the boys were eager to helping him their dad pull staples and sweep floors on the weekends. So as they grew with the business, they naturally became much more involved. Ronnie started full time around 1982, Glenn two years later, and Cliff started full time in 1991.
The store expanded
Over the years the 8th Ave store has gone through a few expansions. With the addition of Bar Stools back in the late 80’s and Home Theater Seating in 2010, we have really come full circle in home entertainment. And Antique Pool Tables have always been a particular passion of ours.
New choices, choices, CHOICES
Today, with the recent addition of Patio & Outdoor Furniture as well as many, many other home entertainment furnishings and accessories, Nashville Billiard & Patio is your source for FUN. Enjoy a BIG selection of Billiards - Used and Antique Pool Tables, Felts, and Colors; Patio and Outdoor Furniture, Home Theater Seating, Kitchen & Barstools, Game Tables, Spectator Chairs, Bars, Pub Tables, Poker Tables,Shuffleboard, Juke Boxes, Arcade & Pinball, Ping Pong, Foosball, Air Hockey, Darts, Custom Pool Cues & accessories, and so much more!
And personal service – every time
The Gilchrist brothers will personally see that you get great service. Even after the sale. So stop by our showroom – still at the 927 8th Avenue South expanded location. Let’s have some FUN!