By George Sloane on March 30, 2021
For the past 14 years, Mike and Francine Fluty and their Royalty Billiards team have been moving and re-furbishing pool tables in the Sacramento area. Most people don’t realize that it takes special skills and great care to safely move a pool table without damaging the slate, felt, or cushions.
Mike says, “What makes us different is that we offer a Lifetime Guarantee on all our work. We’re licensed, insured, and bonded. All employees are drug screened and have passed criminal background checks. This is important because we work for many high-end clients that expect privacy and security.”
Mike and Francine Fluty are the owners of Royalty Billiards, are Galt natives, born and raised, and, of course, are raving Giants fans. And we can’t leave out the Kings, especially because Mike has re-felted the pool table in their clubhouse!
Mike and Francine are what we like to call Local Biz Heros, self-made entrepreneurs who bring true value to their community. High standards of professionalism and the strong work ethics of small business owners like the Fluty’s make up the infrastructure of the Sacramento economy. As a local business, every dollar that Mike and Francine make goes back to supporting the local business ecosystem and the community as a whole. Royalty Billiards supports the Boy’s and Girl’s Clubs and the Shriner’s Hospital. Mike says, “We’re happy to accept pool table donations which we can then refurbish and donate to charitable groups.”
We sat down with Mike and Francine for a quick interview –
Q: What exactly do you do?
A: “Well, pool table re-felting is the majority of our business. Re-felting is often needed due to liquid spills, and of course, just general wear and tear. We also change the rubbers in the side cushions to assure you that your balls get the proper bounce. We do installations for other companies as well and work for regular movers to disassemble a pool table and crate it up for shipping. Often flooring and tile companies will call us when a table needs to be moved to replace the flooring. And we can survey a used table for prospective buyers to be sure that they know what they are getting into. ”
Q: How did you get into this profession?
A: “I went to work for wholesale billiards company installing new tables for the retail market. They weren’t really service-oriented, so I decided it was something I could make a nice business. I put out some ads on Craigslist, etc., and got the business going. Since then, we’ve serviced over 1,000 pool tables!”
Q: What’s the most unusual situation you’ve run into on the job?
A: “I guess it would be that we have done work for a number of celebrities whose names I won’t mention due to privacy concerns. It’s always interesting to see how those people handle service workers like ourselves. Some are very gracious and appreciative, while others are very abrupt and cold.”
Q: If you could share one tip with the readers for choosing a pool table, what would it be?
A: “Do your homework before committing to a purchase. Play a game on the table. Check the cushions. They can be hard and lose their bounce. If they need to be changed, the entire table will need to be re-felted. And then there’s the moving cost. Most regular movers will not handle a pool table. We’re always available to assist you in checking over a pool table you intend to purchase at no charge.”
Q: What do you do in your spare time?
A: “We both love the outdoors and enjoy hiking with our son and 3 dogs. For inside entertainment, we enjoy the classic movies.”
Mike and Francine Fluty make a great team. We found this review online for Royalty Billiards:
“ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL SERVICE! The team at Royalty Billiards is the real deal! They’re honest, fast, very knowledgeable, incredibly thorough, and they cleaned up the entire space after completing their service (which I REALLY appreciate). We are so happy that we chose Royalty Billiards. I promise you will NOT be disappointed with this company!!”
So, for those of you who are considering a pool table purchase or are looking to have a table refelted or moved, Mike, Francine, and the Royalty Billiards team should be your first choice. Royalty Billiards offers a 10% discount to the military, first responders, and seniors. Call Mike or Francine at (916) 459-9078, or visit http://www.royaltybilliards.com/ – Where Loyalty is Royalty!
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