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Bowling Green Fireplace & Grill



Story by Kayla Fugate

A fireplace is the heart of the home, providing warmth and tying a house together aesthetically. Rachel Riley Martin, Owner/Partner of Bowling Green Fireplace and Grill says that fireplaces are usually located in central, communal spaces where friends and family hang out and visit.

Bowling Green Fireplace and Grill is a family owned business located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, co-owned by family team, John Riley (Dad), David Riley (brother), and Rachel Riley Martin (sister). David’s wife, Jenny, and the children of the family work at the family business as well. The business opened its doors in 2013, selling the top brands of gas and wood-burning fireplaces, fireplace inserts, and stoves. “We offer design services on custom built outdoor kitchens, fire pits and fireplaces to make the patio of your dreams,” says Rachel. Rachel says the team also services and installs gas logs, fireplaces, stoves, grills, and fire pits of all kinds.

“We’re committed to providing the highest quality products and professional service. An owner will oversee every installation to ensure your family is treated with the attention and respect you deserve. Our NFI Certified and Factory-Trained technicians install, service, and warranty everything we sell. We are family owned and operated - you can trust our family to take care of yours,” says Rachel.

Rachel says there are beautiful new designs available to make your fireplace the feature of your home, as well as new technologies which provide ease of operation and comfort from smoke, smells, and other common issues with older fireplaces. Rachel says that when choosing a fireplace, manufacturer and warranty of the appliance should be taken into consideration as well. “You don’t want to go to great expense installing something that can’t be repaired or worst-case scenario will break down shortly after installation.” That’s why she says her family has carefully selected the top products from industry leading manufacturers so that their customers can trust the quality of appliances they sell.

Rachel also recommends selecting something that blends with the style of the home. “A transitional or contemporary fireplace looks great in that style of home where as a rustic or hand forged style works well in a craftsman style home.” But Rachel says the most important thing is to take into consideration what your goals are for your fireplace. “Is it purely aesthetic or are you looking for a big-time heater? We can help narrow down and explain your options, as well as consider design and style once we understand what goals are you hoping to accomplish with the fireplace.”

So, whether you are looking for a Joanna Gaines “Fixer Upper” style or reclaimed wood and rustic finishes, Rachel says that with proper maintenance, you will enjoy your fireplace for many, many years to come, so it’s important to pick something in a style that you like, as well as an appliance that provides the desired heat output. “We can help narrow your options and find something that will both look great, as well as function beautifully for the lifespan of the appliance,” she says.

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