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Gallery 1 Furniture turns dreams into realities
Family-owned business also offers mattresses, customization and design consultations
The first thing the staff at Gallery 1 will probably do as you enter their spacious Dartmouth showroom is invite you to take a seat. “Buying the perfect piece of furniture starts with comfort,” says Gallery 1 Manager James Ramia. “That’s why we always ask our customers to sit on our furniture when they’re shopping here.”
Trying out each piece of furniture could take awhile. Gallery 1 has a huge selection of quality North American-made furniture on display, with plenty of options to choose from, including a selection of designer furniture. “We believe in fashion at every price point,” says Ramia. “That’s our value proposition.” Comfort is a relative thing, after all. Gallery 1 understands that better than most and the company strives to offer a range of comfort styles for every taste. “We have a wide selection of comfort styles, from soft to firm,” says Ramia.
The selection of furniture on the showroom floor may be broad but it’s just a starting point. Gallery 1 also offers a custom design service. Customers can choose a piece that fits a space in their home as a starting point, then completely change it into the perfect piece using a selection that includes hundreds of fabrics, different foams, finishes, details and woods.
“Everything can be changed,” says Ramia. “We have the ability to take a piece that you’re interested in and change it so that it looks completely different. We can change the wood or change the fabric to give it a whole new look and make it fit with your signature style.” If the array of choices seems overwhelming, Gallery 1 has the solution, as well. The company has an interior designer on staff who offers complete design consultation services, including in-home visits.
“Our designer will come to your home and prepare a room board with fabric and colour suggestions and other ideas,” says Ramia. “We understand the challenges of decorating your home. Our goal is to meet your decor needs, to provide functional solutions that fit with your lifestyle. We can help you turn your inspiration into reality.” In addition to home furnishings, Gallery 1 also offers a large selection of lighting and accessories.“Taking care of the small details can have a dramatic impact on the liveability of your home,” says Ramia. “We dwell over pillows.”
Gallery 1 also has a large selection of mattresses. Since the average person will spend one-third of their life lying on a mattress, it may be the most important home furnishing purchase we make, says Ramia. “Selecting the right mattress can be confusing,” he says. “Our staff have the expertise to help you choose the mattress that’s ideal for you. We have a very focused lineup of mattresses from Sealy and Stearns & Foster, including a range of latex mattresses that are exclusive to Gallery 1. We also offer adjustable power bases that can turn your mattress into a power bed.”
Gallery 1’s location at The Atrium eliminates the need to travel all over town looking for the perfect piece. The store is just one of three incredible furniture stores at The Atrium — offering metro’s largest selection of furniture and mattresses all in one place. Gallery 1 has undergone a number of renovations over the last 30 years but the local, family-owned and operated business has always consistently delivered top quality products in every category, according to Ramia.
“We completely renovated the store five years ago. We had a vision at the time — a concept of showcasing stylish, unexpected, quality pieces. I think we’ve really succeeded in that vision.” Maintaining a knowledgeable and experienced staff is another key part of that vision. “Some of our staff have been with us for 20 years,” says Ramia. “They understand layouts, fabrics, and design. They understand the challenges of making your home work for you, and they know how we can support you with great designs and quality pieces. Your beautiful space is our measure of success.”