Paine's Furniture Company
The Paine Furniture company, founded by Leonard B. Shearer, opened its doors in 1835 as a humble cabinetmaker’s shop in this most unprepossessing of locations. It was tiny; it was modest. It was also the start of what was to become a famous New England tradition. The tradition of Paine Furniture Company: quality home furnishings, service to match. Even back then, Paine’s success was obvious and, under the partnership of Shearer and apprentice John S. Paine, the little shop prospered. From that little shop, to the impressive 275,000 square foot building at 81 Arlington Street in Boston, Paine’s has been a furniture landmark for almost 200 years.