Founded in September 1898 as "Strong and Johnstone Co." by Ketchikan pioneers Henry C. Strong and Frederick C. Johnstone, it was renamed Tongass Trading Company in 1900, and incorporated in October 1901. At the turn of the century, Tongass Trading Company supplied the miners and mining camps throughout Southeast Alaska. In the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, Tongass Trading Company provided supplies, gear and storage to the commercial fishing fleet, as well as household goods, furniture, clothes and groceries to local residents. In the mid and latter part of the 20th century, Tongass also supplied the booming logging camps of Southeast Alaska with furniture, household goods, and industrial goods.
Through our 125 years in retail, we have tailored one of the best shopping experiences Alaska has to offer. With a selection like none other, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for while shopping at one of our many stores. From commercial & sport fishing gear, hardware, clothing, furniture, and the best selection of uniquely Alaskan curios, gifts, and souvenirs.
In the 1920s Tongass Trading Co. entered the furniture business when we acquired the Heckman Company, a local department store of the time. In over 100 years we have evolved into our current Tongass Trading Co. Furniture House with our Sleep Center Gallery, Furnish 123 Gallery, in addition to our Main Gallery of fine furniture where you'll find quality brands, such as Flexsteel Leather Italia, Millennium, Emerald Home, Benchcraft, and Ashely Signature. Our Sleep Gallery has the top brands in the industry, including Tempur-Pedic, Sealy, Beautyrest, Sound Sleep, and Sierra Sleep. In our Furnish 123 Gallery you will find the very best values on everyday furniture, at everyday low prices.