Cost Plus celebrating 50 years in business  

Oakland, Calif. – Home furnishings specialty retailer Cost Plus World Market is beating the drum for its 50th anniversary, which dates from the first San Francisco store opening on Oct. 23, 1958.

Celebration events at stores will include live entertainment, product giveaways, food and drink samplings, winemaker bottle signings, henna painting, celebrity chefs and live remote broadcasts.

Consumers in the Bay Area can enter the “Go THERE from Here” Bali Spa Sweepstakes, built around the Cost Plus THERE line of luxury bath products. The grand prize is a spa vacation in Bali, Indonesia.

A second prizewinner will receive the most iconic of Cost Plus prizes: the store’s hallmark Papasan Chair, filled with about $500 worth of World Market goodies.

On the charity front, Cost Plus will donate a portion of its net proceeds from the flagship San Francisco store during the anniversary weekend to San Francisco and Oakland schools, the company said.

Founded on Fisherman’s Wharf by local businessman William Amthor, Cost Plus has grown its original “out-of-the-crate” rattan furniture and basket trade into a national chain of nearly 300 stores.

Thomas RussellThomas Russell | Associate Editor, FurnitureToday

I'm Tom Russell and have worked at Furniture/Today since August 2003. Since then, I have covered the international side of the business from a logistics and sourcing standpoint. Since then, I also have visited several furniture trade shows and manufacturing plants in Asia, which has helped me gain perspective about the industry in that part of the world. As I continue covering the import side of the business, I look forward to building on that knowledge base through conversations with industry officials and future overseas plant tours. From time to time, I will file news and other industry perspectives online and, as always, welcome your response to these Web postings.

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