We Love Weaver’s Department Store in Lawrence, Kansas

LAWRENCE, KANSAS – We hear from BrandlandUSA reader Joe Vaughan that we need to mention Weaver’s Department Store.

Says Vaughan, “It has operated continuously in Downtown Lawrence, Kansas since 1857 – that’s correct 1-8-5-7! It has been passed down through one family and has been in its present four-story building since 1926.”

Vaughan says it “survived William Quantrill’s sacking (burning) of Downtown Lawrence in the Civii War. It is truly a retail gem!”

Vaughan comes from an entrepreneurial family; his grandfather owned a group of neighborhood theaters in the early part of the 20th Century in Kansas City, Kansas.

His father operated “Joe Vaughan Men’s Clothing” on Minnesota Avenue in Downtown
Kansas City, Kansas from 1928 to 1968, as well two savings and loans from the 1890s to the 1980s in Kansas City, Kansas.

If you are in Lawrence, please visit Weavers.

Who says you have to go to Walt Disney World to find Main Street USA?

Read our List of Surviving Downtown Department Stores.

About the Author

  • Garland Pollard

    Garland Pollard is publisher/editor of BrandlandUSA. Since 2006, the website BrandlandUSA.com has chronicled the history and business of America’s great brands. He has decades of experience across all media, including newspapers, TV, radio, magazines and the web.


  1. Hi Garland: Hope all is well with you and BrandlandUSA!

    Just writing to let you know Weaver’s in Downtown Lawrence now has a Facebook
    fans page: “Weaver’s”. If you find the photo of Joe Flannery, he is the current
    owner/president/CEO. Joe and I were SAE fraternity brothers at Univ. of Kansas.
    Thanks. Joe Vaughan

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