Regardless of the economy, opening a new independent mattress store is an impressive feat for anyone. But all of these store owners share one thing, and that’s a deep interest in helping people.

That’s the case for Derrick Pratt, who opened All American Mattress in Crossville, Tennessee, in June of this year. He says his hardworking, passionate mother inspired him to be the entrepreneur he is today — and she actually worked at the company before Pratt bought it.

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