|January 2, 1958 Sam Klein newspaper ad|
|1963 Sam Klein logo|
Anyway, here's an article (below) that provides a nice history of the beginnings of the Sam Klein Company. As opposed to Kline's, which was part of a national chain, Sam Klein was just one store – and one of the oldest businesses in Lorain.
The article appeared in the Lorain Journal on June 21, 1958.
****Sam Klein Established In 1880's
The Sam Klein Company, 425 Broadway, was established by Sam Klein in a small frame structure 64 years ago on North Broadway where most of the business district was located in the late 1800's.
The company claims it is the oldest men's store in the city in years and the youngest in appearance and merchandising of latest styles for men and boys.
Julius Klein, the present owner and no relation to the founder, purchased the company in 1927 when the business was carried on in about 2,000 square feet of space. There were only two employes then.
As the community grew and the demand for more and better clothing increased, the Sam Klein Company expanded and remodeled with the times.
The store, one of the finest dealing in men's and boy's wear in the states, now occupies more than 4,500 square feet and has 10 employes.
In 1953, and expansion program resulted in an increase of 33 percent in selling space. The latest open visual displays were installed to permit customers complete access to merchandise for easier selection.
A modern store front was built, air conditioning was installed and new lighting, floor covering and store fixtures were added.
The owner had two sons, Warren and Allan, who are associated with him in the management of the store.
****As the article indicated, Sam Klein moved his business around a bit in the early years. The 1891 city directory had the company listed as being located above 59 Broadway. The next available book (1898-99) had the business at 311 Broadway.
I'm not sure when Sam Klein actually closed. Its location at 425 Broadway is now a parking lot next to the Driscol Music Company, and the clothing store is just one more fading memory in the mind of aging Lorainites.
If anyone out there remembers the store and/or ever shopped there, be sure to leave a comment.