Small Town Business Owner Spends Free Time Giving Back to the Community That’s Given Him So Much
Steve Luciani has worked in the flooring business for over 40 years. He started as a carpet salesman, and in 1969, he opened his very own business, Coachlight Carpets, where he’s helped countless residents and other local businesses in the Centerville, MA, area with all of their carpet, hardwood, tile, and flooring needs. According to The BarnStable Patriot, high-quality flooring isn’t the only thing Luciani has provided the community he’s been apart of for virtually his entire life.
“When you talk about Centerville, you’ve got to talk about Steve,” said William Crocker Jr., a councilor in Barnstable’s Precinct 6. “If he’s not putting up displays on the corner of Old Stage Road and Route 28, he’s working on the Centerville playground or manning a fundraising booth at various events across the Cape. He has found a way to incorporate his business with giving, and the results have been amazing for us all.”
From playing the part of Santa Claus every year and creating an elaborate haunted house for Halloween for the town’s children to enjoy to stocking up food and funds for the local community and outreach centers, Luciani has done it all for Centerville. The only thing Luciani is known better for than his carpets — a material that makes up about 51% of the U.S. flooring market — is his huge heart.
While it’s likely he’s always had this kind soul, Luciani cites a personal experience with tribulation that really sparked his desire and commitment to giving back to his community.
“Roughly 25 years ago my son was injured in a car accident and I had to close the store for about a month,” he said. “Friends stepped up and covered the store; my landlord stuck by me and everyone helped me out, and that’s why I love Centerville so much.”
Luciani believes one of his greatest responsibilities is in honoring the men and women who have served the United States in uniform. He’s helped to create and maintain various memorials for service men and women, including a Cape Cod gold star family Veterans memorial. Deputy Chief Steven Xiarhos, of the Yarmouth Police Department, was father to a man honored on one of Luciani’s memorials.
“When I walked into the store and told him who I was, we both became very emotional and here we were hugging in the middle of his showroom,” Xiarhos said. “He told me the memorial was part of his duty as a citizen, and I could just feel the love, respect and honor he had for my son and for the others that have fallen.”