In 1933, Ben and Eva Winter opened “The Howdy Come In” lunch room, gas station and frozen homemade custard shop on highway 50, west of Emporia, Kansas.
A hitchhiker stopped in with two suitcases, one for clothes and one for his cabinetmaker tools. The Winter’s hired him to build a child's chifferobe for Bobby, the new baby, and a partnership was born.
Soon the dairy barn became Winter Furniture, home to new and refurbished furniture. After several years, Ben and Eva moved their store from the dairy barn into the city of Emporia.
A generation later, Bob Winter and wife Joyce, moved to Denver, Colorado, where Bob worked as a furniture buyer. They returned to Emporia to become partners in the family store before moving to Topeka.
Discovery Furniture by Winter was opened in 2000, by Bob and Joyce, along with son, Jeff, and his wife, June. A sister store, RoomMakers, featuring Ashley furniture exclusively, was opened in 2003. A year later, Ashley Furniture HomeStore in Salina, Kansas opened.
The second location of Discovery Furniture and RoomMakers, along with the new Mattress Headquarters store opened in Lawrence, Kansas in 2010.
With the closing of Marling’s Home Furnishings in November of 2012, the Winter’s brainstormed and felt they wanted to keep the Marling’s brand and name alive in Topeka. They were able to acquire the Marling’s name and were given an opportunity to open another furniture store.
With already having multiple locations in the area, the Winters were stuck with where to open this new location. With many suggestions flowing, the idea of moving to the West Ridge Mall came about. It seemed like a far-fetched idea to put multiple stores in one location, but after long consideration, the Winters grew to love the idea of having one, convenient shopping destination.
With this new location, customers would no longer have to visit several places to find what they are looking for, but get to experience both the “small” store feel and the “big” store selection.
After nine months of planning and renovating, the Furniture Mall of Kansas had its grand opening in the fall of 2013.
The Winter family and staff continue to have a passion for creating a legendary experience and helping people live in more beautiful and comfortable homes. We want to make your experience pleasant, stress-free, and unlike any other furniture shopping experience of your past! Visit us today to start enjoying your furniture shopping experience!