In the past, I bought the majority of my furniture from Cohen's, who closed their stores a few years back.
I've decided that brown leather would be nice, sort of a club sofa, such as the one pictured here.
The other criteria? Made in USA. Oh, and it has to have a tight back. No poufy cushions.
We've been to Lippmann's and Illinois Furniture in Peoria, Baurer Furniture in Washington (before they closed), Faulk's Furniture in El Paso, StfRon stopped somewhere in Pekin and looked, and we've been to Melgreen's.
We have even checked a few chain places to see what's out there. StfRon called American a couple of weeks ago as they have an OK couch and they sent a flyer to our house about a sale. He called to check the price on that couch to see if we wanted to drive all the way out there, and they said "we don't give prices over the phone." Yet another reason to keep trying the locally-owned places.
We've been trying to get to Martin Furniture in East Peoria, but keep forgetting they are closed on Sundays.
And we need to try Sherman's and maybe trek out to Good's in Kewanee.
If you know of a good locally-owned furniture store I haven't thought of, please let me know!