From The Ashes

In the early hours of August 21st, 1863, Quantrill and his raiders burned a majority of Lawrence, including our building, to the ground.  The raid left nearly 200 men and boys dead, and the young town of Lawrence, Kansas in smoldering shambles. We are particularly honored to occupy this space at 804 Massachusetts as it has a distinct and inspiring story of resurrection. The Ridenour Baker building, as it is named after its founders, was among the very first to rebuild-- so swiftly that business resumed within a week of the attack. A passage from “A History of Lawrence, Kansas: From the First Settlement to the Close of the Rebellion” tells the story best... 


“One of the first to rebuild was the grocery firm of Ridenour & Baker. They had lost their building and a heavy stock of goods. Mr. Ridenour’s home was burned and all in it. Mr. Baker was so severely wounded that he lay lingering between life and death. In spite of all this, work was commenced on a new building, and business resumed in a small way, before a week had passed. In clearing away the ruins, the barrows blazed with the live embers as the workmen wheeled the out from the old cellar. In the line of unconquerable pluck the equal of this would be hard to find.”

We're humbled by the heroism and true grit that rebuilt this beautiful place, and we're proud to call the Ridenour Baker building our home.

 



Photo provided by The Watkins Museum of History

 

 

Inspired by a fiery past, this piece by James Ehlers celebrates the spirit of the Ridenour Baker building throughout its 157 year history. Ablaze in 1863, 1904, and 1997-- today we still call it home.

 

 

August 19, 2015 by Andrew White

Tour of Lawrence 2015 Photo Gallery

The Tour of Lawrence is one of our favorite events of the year for pretty obvious reasons. We all enjoy a good casual...

Posted by Sunflower Outdoor & Bike Shop on Tuesday, June 30, 2015
June 30, 2015 by Andrew White

Sidewalk Sale 2015

Sidewalk Sale is a CRAZY day.  From dawn to dusk we'll be on the sidewalk with the best deals you'll find all year.  You'll find a little bit of everything out there.  From coats to boats, who knows?! We kick off at sunrise and don't wrap up until it's all gone, so come by and see us on July 16th.

 

ALSO!  We are hosting our 11th annual Sidewalk Sale Pre-Sale on Wednesday, July 15th.  From 4-8pm you will have access to everything that will be on the sidewalk the next day.  It's our way of getting you the best deals with the convenience of air-conditioning.  For more info check out the Facebook event page.

 

Here's a little taste of what is to come...

 

June 18, 2015 by Andrew White