On Wednesday, December 12 Brett Warren, owner of Warren Furniture, welcomed the community to visit the downtown business that holds the title of longest existing business still on Walnut Street. The three-story building offers over 6,000 square feet of showroom over the first two floors.
Once located in the building that currently hosts EcoChic, 28 S Walnut Street, Warren Furniture opened in its current location in 1928, at that time known as Warren Gibson Furniture. After WWII Brett’s grandfather Raymond bought the business from Mr. Gibson and kept the business within the family ever since.
Starting as part-time help in his grandfather’s shop at the age of 16, Brett came on full time in 1975 at the age of 37. At that time downtown Milford was a very different place.
“Downtown was always crowded, I remember always going to the movie theatre next to the store as a kid,“ remembered Brett. “There were apartment stores, pharmacies, five and dimes, a butcher shop and a grocery store all downtown.”
With a renewed hope of a renaissance in the downtown Milford area, Brett is reintroducing the business to Milford natives and newcomers to the Milford area. Selling a myriad of furniture pieces including couches, chairs and dining room sets, Warren Furniture also delivers and installs carpeting.
“I am always amazed when people from Milford come in the store and tell me they did not know about the downtown Milford businesses,” commented Brett. “ but I do believe the downtown is coming back, we have seen several artists move in and are beginning to see more foot traffic.”
As Brett carries on the 84-year tradition at 100 S Walnut Street he continues to grow in size and services. Remembering that his grandfather never thought he could occupy the entire building when it was first purchased, Brett shared that he is running out of room to display all of the furniture he carries throughout the year. He points out that it is his personal service that keeps families coming in the door over generations.
“People find it comforting to deal directly with the owner of the business and not a commissioned salesman,” stated Brett. “I enjoy meeting all the people that come in, delivering to their houses and making them happy.”
Warren Furniture is located at 100 S Walnut Street and can be contacted by calling 302-422-5410.