Visitors to the heart of downtown Slave Lake these days will see a new sign on a familiar building next to Rennie Hall Plaza. It says ‘Aniae’s Furniture and Liquidation.’ It’s the project of Abraham Assaf and Fatima Kamar, and its first day of business was Monday, Nov. 1.
“Boutique furniture,” is how Assaf describes the stuff for sale. But that’s only part of it.
Also evident on opening day was a selection of kitchenware and carpets. There’s no telling what other kind of furniture or appliances might be in stock from time to time for what Assaf says will be unbeatable prices. That’s the ‘liquidation’ side of things.
“End of the line,” stuff he says. It may include “toys, tools,” and other stuff, as it becomes available.
“We don’t get that stuff every week,” he says. “It’s not predictable.”
So if you want good deals, pay attention, in other words.
But for now, the store has an attractive array of furniture and accessories for every room in the house.
“Unique pieces,” says Fatima. “It might not come back. You can take whatever’s on the floor.”
The couple have been at this project for quite some time. The space they have for it was formerly the Phoenix Steak House, and before that, Joey’s Incredible Edibles. Assaf says they have been planning something like this “for years and years.” It took a while to come to terms with the owners of the building, but once that was accomplished, they rolled up their sleeves and got to work.
“We gutted the whole place,” Fatima says. “It was down to the bricks. Eight months of working this space to into what it is.”
Anaie’s (pronounced ‘Annies’ by the way) is made up of the first letters of Assaf and Kumar’s children. It’s open seven days a week – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to five on Sundays. After hours by appointment, says Fatima. Call 780-260-0302 for that; otherwise, the store’s number is 780-849-5859.