Danker’s New Mission
The new owners of Danker Furniture are holding a Stickley truckload sale Feb. 16-18 in Gaithersburg as part of a storewide warehouse sale. They are hoping it will help get out the message that Danker, with four area stores, has changed and now sells more traditional furniture in addition to modern.
Back before the real estate implosion, fans of Missionstyle Stickley would line up by the hundreds for Mastercraft Interiors’ legendary warehouse sales, but Mastercraft filed for bankruptcy in May 2006 and later shut down all its stores. Danker locations in Rockville, Annapolis, Dulles and Pentagon City became the local dealers for Stickley when Danker was purchased by Sheffield Furniture, a high-end Pennsylvania retailer, a year ago. Local customers used to going to Danker for sleek leather sofas and metal coffee tables still are adjusting to Danker’s expanded lines.
“We are amazed at the number of people who still walk into the showroom and say, ‘We had no idea that you had Stickley and other traditional lines here,’ ” says Jim Shrawder, Sheffield’s chief executive. “We are having trouble overcoming the perception that Danker is just a contemporary furniture store.” In fact, Shrawder says, they are considering changing the name of Danker’s Dulles location to Sheffield Furniture. For more information on the warehouse sale:
Morris chair by Stickley.