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Our Story

Old Store Celebrating 100 Years of Service 1904 - 2004
New Store

Philip A. KauferKaufer Family PicturePhilip A. Kaufer, our founder, was the editor of a newspaper in Minnesota when he decided to move West in the Fall of 1903. In February 1904, he opened our first store in Tacoma, Washington. The Northwest cities of Tacoma and Seattle were booming because of the Alaska Gold Rush. Although the area was still not heavily populated, Mr. Kaufer built up a fine clientele throughout the West, personally calling on churches in several states. He published our first catalog in 1905, the same year he opened our second store in Seattle. Mr. Kaufer was also a musician and wrote the music to four complete Masses in additon to several hymns. He retired from the business in 1952 at the age of 84.

Today, with bookstores and showrooms in Spokane, Seattle, Tacoma, and San Francisco, and a growing presence on the internet, "Kaufer's" maintains its family roots with a fourth generation of owners and managers. A 5th generation is already in training. Though originally a supplier of solely Catholic books and supplies, Kaufer's has expanded to include a wide variety gifts, religious art, and music among their products, and various Christian denominations among their customers.

Kaufer's staff offers a wealth of experience and information to serve you, your church, and your family.

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Our Mission

  • With Catholic roots and Ecumenical branches, The Kaufer Company continues to grow and evolve while entering a second century of service to the Christian community around the world.
  • We at Kaufer's endeavor to make our products and services readily accessible as a means of encouraging spiritual growth, and to anticipate, meet, and exceed our customers' needs and expectations.
  • We strive to give personal and knowledgeable service and to create a nurturing environment for our staff and customers alike.
  • We look forward to fulfilling our heritage as a viable family business serving the People of God for generations to come.