Sanford & Son: Pioneering Community from Start to Endless
743 Broadway; Tacoma, WA 98402
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Wed - Fri 12p-6p; Sat 11a-6p; Sun 12-5p
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Intrigue & Legendary Shopping
There is a local legend that here once fell to the hands of a young darling the statue of an angel cast from its place in heaven, now situated on the premises. That statue, once installed, is supposed to have been responsible for a series of events so uncanny, so otherworldly and so absolutely bazaar as to call into question in our local minds the rationality of our world beyond any but the most of superficial things. .
On several floors discover an array of antiquities spanning ages, be overwhelmed by the beauty of old things, visit other stores in the mid-levels collectively called The Middle Floor Merchants.
Enjoy Valhalla Coffee and a sandwich with a tasty homemade shake in one of the 9 store-front businesses, and enjoy your stroll - you can't be disappointed here.
The Gorsuch Library is Accessible from the Commerce Street Entrance.
Pioneer [pahy-uh-neer] — noun:
One who has opened or prepared a way for other
One that originates or helps open up a new line of thought or activity.
Doors opened here in 1985, when few other antiques shops or local businesses were here, they are one of the last standing of the original Antique Row. Broadway in the mid-80's was nearly abandoned, and the work of Cheryl and Alan Gorsuch has been to bring true vitality to downtown, strongly and demonstrably advocating the interests of our own local community, personally spear-heading effective movements to keep our community vital in the heart of our downtown core.
The results of their efforts are a now burgeoning community landscape in place of what would have been a monotonous, Big Box Multiplex right smack in the middle of our lives. They taught us the importance and the value of our landscape as it already exists, and because of them we fought that battle and we won. Today our own city's architecture is substantially more historically relevant, and visually interesting than even Seattle's own cityscape, modified and modernized as it has been.
As denizens of our local community culture, the Gorsuch family has also abundantly supported our arts community, and even took pains to accommodate Tacoma's Farmer's Market. First Night, Urban Arts Festival and the Tacoma Urban Orchestra are a small sampling of the people and organizations they have benefited, dedicated as they are to providing place to those beatifying and enriching our lives.