Byron Young: Living The Plush Life
Published: Sunday, June 1, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, May 30, 2014 at 3:32 p.m.
From humble beginnings at an Oaks Mall kiosk to becoming an internationally known product, CordaRoy's convertible bed-inside-a-beanbag-chair is a true local success story. Started in 1998 by Gainesville resident Byron Young in his garage, CordaRoy's began with the vision of a foam-filled beanbag chair.
No one had made anything like it at the time, so Young, then 28, started quickly. His favorite corduroy jacket inspired his use of the fabric because “everyone wanted to rub the sleeves.” After tinkering with formulas to put a bed in a beanbag and inventing Roy, a corduroy-loving frog, as the mascot, CordaRoy's was ready to be branded as providing “comfort for life.”