The Johnson Manor
The Johnson Manor in Anacortes opened its doors this past May. The shop is owner Elizabeth Johnson’s first experience running a gift shop, but don’t let that make you underestimate her abilities. She’s not a newbie to retail—Johnson grew up around her parents’ furniture stores. Thanks to Johnson’s good taste and hard work the Manor has already established itself as one of the town’s go-to gift shops.
Colorful Polywood Adirondack chairs beckon shoppers into the bright, welcoming space. Throughout the store you’ll find plenty of fun surprises like to-go wine glasses complete with colorful tops, graphic drink recipes perfect to hang over a home cocktail cart, and sleek maps of cities like Manhattan and Seattle.
A Tennessee native, Johnson grew up learning the retail ropes in her parents’ furniture stores. In college, Johnson
majored in international studies and upon graduating put her studies to use living in Moscow for a year. She returned to Tennessee to help her parents open another furniture store. There she met and married a Navy officer. After settling in Anacortes, Johnson decided to open a shop. She knows furniture sales, but there are plenty of
furniture stores in town, so she challenged herself to fill a void after one of the town’s previous gift shops closed its doors.
What You’ll Find
Johnson explained the trick is creating a cohesive look using many things from a variety of product catalogs. Throughout the store her goal is to “try to create different themes.” She has incorporated a variety of colors, styles, and prices in an attempt to appease the masses. There’s a nautical section complete with whale-inspired decor and Anacortes coordinate pillows. An incredible Mud Pie dishware display with simple bowls, plates, and pitchers inscribed with sassy sayings, “It’s five o’guac somewhere” and “You say tomato I say… Bloody Mary.” Shoppers more inclined for beauty products will love the selection of fragrant, vegan, and very pretty Finchberry soaps. The Manor also carries charcoal and clay face masks, and La Chatelaine lotion made with 20 percent shea butter. Staying true to her furniture roots, Johnson stocks plenty of great finds like retro-style mint colored chairs and the sweetest cherry red kid-sized picnic table, plus clean-lined high top tables.
Johnson still favors furniture, specifically Polywood outdoor furniture. The bright colors and relaxed, classic styles fit into a variety of decor schemes. True to her desire to appeal to the masses, Johnson has catalogs and color samples on hand so shoppers can custom order Polywood furniture through the shop. At the Johnson Manor, customers are sure to find exactly what they’re looking for.
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