In 1957, Salina witnessed the inspiring journey of two enterprising brothers, William and Fred, as they embarked on their entrepreneurial venture, the Baldwin Bros. Furniture Co. Hailing from the rural landscapes of Jewell, Kansas, the duo had honed their skills in the retail industry before taking the bold step of establishing their own store. Their inaugural location, nestled at 242 S. Santa Fe, served as the foundation for their flourishing enterprise for an impressive span of 18 years.
Driven by their unwavering dedication and commitment to providing top-quality furnishings, the brothers thrived in their industry. However, in 1975, they decided to embrace a new chapter in their business journey. Relocating to the distinguished building at 131 S. Santa Fe, depicted in the accompanying image, they found themselves in close proximity to their amicable competitor, Jilka Home Furnishings. This strategic move allowed them to create a bustling hub of furniture shopping, attracting customers from near and far.
Time, as it often does, eventually caught up with the industrious brothers. After four decades of shaping Salina's furniture landscape, they made the bittersweet decision to retire and bid farewell to their beloved store in 1997. Acquiring the iconic building, Jilka transformed it into Alan's Furniture Gallery.
The image from the Museum's Collection, dated October 3, 1997, serves as a poignant reminder of a bygone era, etching the memories of a legendary establishment that forever shaped the community.