by Wendi Williams

Fireplaces and Chimneys Ignited a Passion In These Local Business Owners

Gary Smalling is a successful Journeyman mason with a thriving masonry chimney business he started back in 2011 with $300 and his own two hands. His wife, Jenny Smalling, has been his biggest supporter since the inception of the business, and officially joined the team in 2020. After many years in masonry, Gary’s work led him to a love affair with fireplaces and chimneys, and lit a fire under him to grow their existing business. So now Jenny knows a lot about fire, too.

In 2022, Gary and Jenny acquired The Fireplace Center of Indianapolis, an established local business burning bright since 1977. As one of the largest fireplace experts in the state, Gary and Jenny offer customers unparalleled expertise on fireplace safety, plus the most expansive selection of fireplace manufacturers and products in the state. Inside their showroom, customers can browse over 60 units, ensuring they pick exactly the right hearth for their home.

Of course, choosing the perfect fireplace is only the first step. But fortunately, Jenny says at FCI, they walk customers through the entire journey, from fireplace selection to in-home consultation, and installation. And it really is as easy as 1-2-3.

Jenny says they understand that customers are facing a tough decision – and making a big investment – and they are committed to helping them find solutions and making the project as positive an experience as possible.

“We do the entire project from start to finish,” Jenny says, “inside and out, all with one contractor.” At FCI, customers will find a variety of fireplaces to suit any need, from gas to wood burning to pellet stoves to electric fireplaces.

Customers can also rest easy knowing that safety is the utmost priority at FCI. “The passion my husband started the business with,” says Jenny, “is in making sure that everything is done right and people can enjoy their fireplace safely with their family.”

To do that, Gary consistently pursues educational opportunities and carries numerous certifications, including one in Fireplace Investigation Research and Education (F.I.R.E.) – making him the only professional to carry it in the state of Indiana. He’s also a board member for the National Chimney Sweep Guild (NCSG), and encourages his employees to seek additional continuing education so that each is certified in their specialty.

After safety comes enjoyment, and Jenny says FCI’s Hearth Design Specialists can create stunning fireplace displays for any home on any budget. “We have multiple solutions,” she says. “Good, better, and best. We’ll meet your budget where you are.”

When you browse FCI’s offerings – either in the showroom or on their interactive website – you’ll likely be overwhelmed by the vast selection. But FCI’s team of design professionals can help narrow down your needs and wants, and find the fireplace that’s perfect for you. You can shop according to style (traditional, transitional, or modern), or by fuel type, heat level, or fireplace location.

In today’s evolving landscape, you can also find the latest in fireplace advances and new technologies. You may decide that you want a fireplace that doesn’t heat at all and is only decorative, or that your biggest requirement is remote operation. Perhaps you want a dazzling light show from your hearth, or you want a programmable thermostat for a fireplace that’s more sustainable and efficient.

Whatever you’re looking for, you’re likely to find it at FCI. But best of all, you aren’t just buying a fireplace when you shop FCI – you’re enhancing your lifestyle and improving your home, all while giving your family a place to gather, connect, and enjoy.

And that, says Jenny, is what fires their business… and their passion.

Learn more about FCI at, or visit their Indianapolis showroom