Graman's offered a variety of quality machines, bags, belts and accessories from
a neat, well-stocked showroom located in a popular, central New Jersey location.
With knowledge and professionalism they assisted their customers in finding the perfect
vacuum for their unique needs. In 1979, Gene took over his father's business, keeping
up--if not improving--the same high standards of business excellence.
In 1995, John P. Decker joined his life-long neighborhood friend, "Uncle" Gene, at
the vac store as extra help. Having a natural talent for mechanics and interaction
with customers, John quickly picked up the workings of the business. Along with Gene,
John soon became a virtual encyclopedia on the history, workings, and parts for almost
all makes and models of vacuum cleaners! But in 1998, John left Graman's to pursue
the automotive field, where he eventually worked as an auto technician for such luxury
car lines as Cadillac, Volvo, BMW, Jaguar and Audi.
Gene continued with his business until 2002, when he decided it was time to retire
(and go fishing full-time!) Gene knew of only one person he trusted to continue the
business his family began. That person was John. In January of 2003, John and his
wife, Rachel, took over Graman's. Once again, it became a little "Mom & Pop" store,
reminiscent of yesteryear....
The store was graced with a feminine touch once Rachel joined full-time in 2006.
Utilizing her skills in office management, marketing and graphic design, she helped
take the business to the next level and helped John develop a fresh new brand for
their store. With a snazzy website, new business cards and some updated signage,
“Queen Vacuum” was introduced! The regal designation and brush-script logo evoke
a 1950’s vibe - their subtle way of updating and modernizing the store, without losing
the old-fashioned, established feel it had earned.
In 2011, the Queen “Empire” expanded to two locations after taking over “Monmouth
Vacuum & Sewing” of Neptune City. With that, the team also grew to include Erika
(N.C. Manager,) and our office/sales assistant Sarah - what an incredible bunch!
However 2014 turned out to be bittersweet. The Neptune City store was growing at
an incredible rate as they expanded the former business’ product line and developed
strong relationships with the customers – new and existing! But the night of August
12th brought forth a “Super Moon” on top of terrible torrential rain that flooded
out the entire Neptune City Shopping Plaza. All stores in the strip suffered severe
product and property damage as well a lot of downtime for renovations. Unable to
serve customers well from this compromised location, they opted to move out and MERGE
back into the thriving Red Bank location…A little sad, for sure. The bright side
is that the entire “Queen” team now gets to work together every day! The pooled resources
and talent yielded a more pleasant, more efficient and less stressful working conditions
for the team. Customers now enjoy faster turnaround on repairs, even more dedicated
time with the staff, extended operating hours and much more!
Today as always, you can count on Queen Vacuum to “serve your modern-day needs the
good old-fashioned way!” Visit today!