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Best of Tacoma 2016: Old Cannery

Best Furniture Store

Yes, that is a G Scale model train chugging overhead. Photo courtesy of the Old Cannery

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Ask any local about Old Cannery, and you're bound to get a flurry of fond praise. Not only is the Old Cannery known for its outstanding selection of home furnishings, but its layout and presentation turns furniture shopping into a truly unique experience. Given its distinguished reputation, it is only fitting for the Old Cannery to be voted Best Furniture Store in Tacoma.

When you first set foot in Old Cannery Furniture Warehouse, prepare yourself for a different kind of furniture shopping experience. For starters, you are bound to encounter a menagerie of talking animals alongside a wide selection of quality name-brand furniture from both local companies like Stanton as well as larger companies like Ashley Furniture.

"We have a talking buffalo, cow, moose and a chicken coop to help our customers in their search for the perfect sofa or bedroom and even help them find the ladies room," said Steve Fowler, Old Cannery's Advertising Manager.

Rest assured, the mirth doesn't stop there. One of the coolest aspects of the Old Cannery is that it has model trains throughout the store.

"The Old Cannery is unique in so many ways that sometimes we forget we are a furniture store," added Fowler. "We put the fun in furniture shopping for families with seven scale miles of suspended G scale train tracks with four trains of different style engines running through our showrooms and warehouse."

Look up as you wander the store and take note of the trains, even if you've never cared about a train set in your life. They're pretty nifty.

Right at the center of the store is another perk of shopping at Old Cannery - fudge. There's a fudge shop with more than 20 flavors of home-made fudge.  

Old Cannery's furniture inventory isn't limited to conventional styles. In fact, it boasts a vast array of looks ranging from distressed rustic to elegant leather sofas to deck out a mancave (or a she shed).

Another important pride point that sets Old Cannery apart is its dedication to incomparable customer service.

"We are a family owned and run business and we treat our staff like family," said Fowler. "We are not perfect by any means, but we do strive to make our customers feel at home and treat them with the respect and kindness they deserve. Our owner Sherry Grout likes the fact we are a warehouse discount furniture store with Nordstrom policies of making the customer number one. If it's not right, we fix it or replace it to the customer's satisfaction."

Old Cannery Furniture Warehouse, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mon-Fri, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sat-Sun, 13608 Valley Ave. E., Sumner, 253.863.0422,

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