Millers of Claflin, Claflin
Millers of Claflin has created unique storefronts to house their huge selection of furniture. Photo courtesy Millers of Claflin.
Another row of clever store fronts that all house Millers of Claflin. Photo courtesy Millers of Claflin.
The first Miller Building constructed in 1915. Photo courtesy Millers of Claflin.
J.W. and L.A. Miller inside their new store in 1918. Photo courtesy Millers of Claflin.
A vintage shot of a Millers showroom. Photo courtesy Millers of Claflin.
A current showroom featuring dining room sets. Photo courtesy Millers of Claflin.
A modern bedroom suite. Photo courtesy Millers of Claflin.
200 Main, Claflin, KS 67525 [map this location]
Millers of Claflin is a finalist for the 8 Wonders of Kansas Commerce because it is the oldest and largest family-owned home furnishings store in Kansas and has created a colorful and historic presence downtown.
A town of 700, the drive to this furniture store is worth it. Your first "wow" will come when you drive down main street. The downtown may not be very long but it sure is colorful. Buildings that serve as showcase rooms or warehouse resemble the historic businesses that once were there.
HISTORY OF MILLERS as edited from www.millersofclaflin.com
Millers of Claflin, Inc. was founded in 1903 by J.W. Miller. The store originally carried furniture, buggies, hardware, implements, and even windmills.
When J.W. Miller passed away, his son Robert L. Miller entered the business full time. Robert's emphasis was on value, service, and trust. Third generation Robert J. "Bobby Joe" Miller took over the business when his father retired. Meanwhile, two of Bobby Joe's sons, Bill and Brad Miller, were learning the business doing carpet installation, delivery and service. In the early 1980's and after college, Bill and Brad entered the store on a full-time basis. They both have sons who are currently attending college and occasionally working at the store making it a fifth-generation of Millers working in the business.
With 13 showrooms, Miller's is the largest furniture showroom in central Kansas, exceeding 80,000 square feet. They have clients from Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Colorado.
Today, just as it was in 1903, when you come to Millers of Claflin, Inc., there"s usually a member of the Miller family on-hand to make sure that you get the service you deserve.
Monday and Thursday 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.