Almquist Lumber Company was founded over twenty-five years ago when Eric Almquist started making trips out of the area seeking the high quality, hard-to-find hardwoods sought by local woodworkers. He launched his business out of his garage and within a few years he moved to a retail space in Blue Lake.
Almquist spent twenty successful years in that location before moving to a custom built, 50,000 square foot store in Arcata in 2006. Almquist Lumber Company currently offers over one hundred species of hardwoods, softwood (including sustainably harvested redwood from Humboldt County), metal roofing, hardwood flooring, finishes, tools, hardware and more. They also have a small mill on sight to mill local woods and offer many green building products.